Part travelogue, part cookbook, Mercados takes us on a tour of Mexico’s most colorful destinations—its markets—led by an award-winning, preeminent guide whose passion for Mexican food attracted followers from around the globe. Just as David Sterling’s Yucatán earned him praise for his “meticulously researched knowledge” (Saveur) and for producing “a labor of love that well documents place, people and, yes, food” (Booklist), Mercados now invites readers to learn about local ingredients, meet vendors and cooks, and taste dishes that reflect Mexico’s distinctive regional cuisine.
Serving up more than one hundred recipes, Mercados presents unique versions of Oaxaca’s legendary moles and Michoacan’s carnitas, as well as little-known specialties such as the charcuterie of Chiapas, the wild anise of Pátzcuaro, and the seafood soups of Veracruz. Sumptuous color photographs transport us to the enormous forty-acre, 10,000-merchant Central de Abastos in Oaxaca as well as tiny tianguises in Tabasco. Blending immersive research and passionate appreciation, David Sterling’s final opus is at once a must-have cookbook and a literary feast for the gastronome.
"A tour of Mexico's most colorful destinations—its markets—led by a guide whose passion for Mexican food attracted followers from around the globe."
Yucatán Expat Life
"The 560 thick, glossy pages of [Mercados] are such a riot of color and photography, the first time I picked up the book, I didn't pause to read a word of it. It took a second pass through David Sterling's gorgeous travelogue to absorb that it is equally rich in information—not so much a cookbook as a treatise on the food and culture of Mexico as told through its vibrant markets."
Dallas Morning News
"It's wonderful to see [Mercados] come to fruition, shining a light on so many small-scale markets and the specialty foods and dishes they produce…[Mercados] reflects a lifetime of traveling to markets throughout Mexico to document the diverse foodways of the country."