A Chef’s tour of Mexico City with Roberto Santibañez

Photo by David Hagerman for The New York Times

My friend and chef extraordinaire, Roberto Santibañez, met his friend and co-author, J. J. Goode, of two of his cookbooks, Truly Mexican and the new Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales, in Mexico City where Roberto was able to share his love of his hometown. The outcome was recently published in Goode’s article in The New York Times.

I first met Roberto many years ago when he was a chef at an exciting new restaurant in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa where he introduced me to poblano chiles stuffed with a tangy cheese enveloped in puff pastry. Roberto later started his own restaruant in Mexico City before heading to the U.S. where he became the chef at Fonda San Miguel in Austin and then to Rosa Mexicano in New York City. He recently opened his second Fonda restaurant in Manhattan. I am so lucky to have Roberto as an occasional guest chef on my culinary trips to Mexico.

Roberto’s new book will be available in October. You can preorder from Amazon now.

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