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"Mex-Tex, Traditional Tex-Mex Taste, will encourage anyone who enjoys cooking Tex-Mex to try his easy-to-follow recipes." — Dallas Morning News
"Tex-Mex fans will lap up this second helping of what the Martinez family has dished out" — Dallas Morning News
"this book is a treasure trove...no secrets left out" — The Texas Food and Wine Gourmet
Listed in The Saveur 100 — "Our favorite foods, restaurants, drinks, people, places and things"
Listed in D Magazine's — "The Ultimate Guide to Tex-Mex"
"delectable...delightful...the recipe and spice combinations are truly innovative" — Tucson Citizen
"vibrant seasonings and complex flavors" — Lexington, VA News Gazette
"taste buds shout ole! to Tex-Mex cooking" — Houston Chronicle
"The recipes are well - written, unimtimidating and made all the more inviting by the color photograph that accompanies each one." — Fiery Foods Magazine
"true and authentic cuisine" - Midwest Book Review
|Since 1952, the Martinez family has provided the Austin and Dallas, Texas area with authentic Mexican food in a great family atmosphere. The recipes from Matt's great restaurants and those included in this cookbook have been handed down from generation to generation, through Matt's family who settled in the early 1920's.
Matt is the first chef to reintroduce unique "prairie" style cooking since the days when cowboys used a similar technique. His focus is on indigenous, high flavor, low fat foods with Southern roots. Matt has personally developed hundreds of recipes, spice combinations and operating procedures that ensure a unique, enjoyable experience time after time.
Using traditional methods and native ingredients, Matt Martinez, Jr. brings authentic taste to your home kitchen. Some of the recipes included are Bob Armstrong Dip, Chiles Relleņos, Home-style Guacamole, Chili de Joya "Home Style" Hot Sauce, Avocado Soup, Carne Asada and Shrimp Martinez. Is your mouth watering yet?
MATT MARTINEZ, JR. was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He has his paternal grandfather to thank for his culinary success. Once a soldier in Pancho Villa's army, Delfino Martinez was captured by the Federales but managed to escape across the Texas border, eventually to open, in 1925, Austin's first Tex-Mex restaurant, called El Original. The family has been in the restaurant business ever since. As a youngster, Matt Jr. grew up working in his father's Austin restaurant, Matt's El Rancho.
As a fourth generation Tex-Mex chef, Matt Jr. has continued his family's tradition with the development and operation of numerous successful restaurant concepts such as Matt's Rancho Martinez (Dallas, Texas) featuring his famous Tex-Mex food and Matt's No Place (Dallas, Texas) featuring his signature "prairie" style cooking to name a few.
Chef Matt Martinez, Jr. and his work have been featured multiple times in Southern Living, Money Magazine, Wine Spectator, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Dallas Home Design and D Magazine. The Dallas Morning News has reviewed his restaurants and recipes favorably on several occasions. In addition to being featured on CNN and The Food Network, Matt has made guest appearances on Now You're Cooking: Culinary Travel with Dave Ekert and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
He has served on the Texas Restaurant Association Board of Directors, was appointed to the Board of Physical Fitness for the State of Texas in 1993, and was inducted into the Texas Restaurant Hall of Honor in 2000.