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35 Best Books on Mexico in 2022: History, Fiction & More


Looking for some books about Mexico?

You’ve landed on the right article, because I live in Mexico, and I’m about to share all my knowledge of the best books on Mexico with you. Though the title of this article says “35 Best Books on Mexico,” this list is ever-expanding as I discover new ones.

It is separated by genre and book type, but also includes everything from children’s books and art books, to cookbooks and books on how to learn Spanish for your Mexico trip. In total, there are about 75 books on Mexico referenced in this article — to keep you reading for a while.

Ready to discover the best books about Mexico, Mexican books by Mexican authors, books on Mexico history, Mexican novels, and more? Let’s dive in, beginning with where to buy the best books about Mexico, followed by the books themselves. (📚You can jump to the books with this link.)

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Best Books on Mexico

Where to Buy Books on Mexico

If you have access to an independent bookseller, please get your books there; in some cases, they can make a special order for you. I live in Mexico, so my options are limited to basically just Amazon Books, but when it comes to selection and ease of purchase, they reign supreme.

Kindle eBooks

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Kindles and eReaders are amazing. Living in a sunny country like Mexico, I love that you can read them while in the sun at the beach, and there’s no glare on the screen. They work just as well in low light, shaded areas and indoors, as they do outdoors.

If you don’t already own a Kindle Paperwhite, the Amazon First Reads Program is a great reason to get one. You’ll have early access to Kindle books before they are released to the public. Note: You have to be an Amazon Prime member to enjoy First Reads.

Kindle Unlimited is another great program, and you get your first month FREE to see if you like it. With this program, you’ll have unlimited reading access to more than two million books, magazine subscriptions, and you can borrow eBooks from Kindle.

Audiobooks on Audible

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Personally, I’m an audiobook reader, which mean I’m not a reader at all 🤪 I know audiobooks aren’t for everyone, but you can always try them out and see with Audible from Amazon. If you’ve never bought an audiobook from Audible, your first book is FREE.

With Audible, you get one credit per month to download a book of your choice. There’s also Audible Plus, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, Audible Originals and more, minus the audiobook credit.

Best Books on Mexico Travel

1. Travel Mexico Safely

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Travel Mexico Safely is an eBook written by yours truly. As the owner of two Mexico websites with tips, tricks and advice about Mexico travel (this one, and Travel To Merida), the #1 question on readers’ minds is always — Is Mexico safe to travel to?

You may want to travel to Mexico, but you’re scared to because of all the horrible things you’ve heard — usually from people who have never even been to Mexico 🤷‍♀️ This is exactly why it’s so important you get up-to-date Mexico travel safety info from a credible source… 

…and that’s where I come in! ​I’ve been to half the states in Mexico, most of them as a solo female traveler, and I have been living in Mexico since 2018 🇲🇽 

Travel Mexico Safely was created so you can travel to Mexico confidently with the most updated safety information, and the travel tips you need to enjoy your much-needed vacation. ​Using my insider info and experience, Travel Mexico Safely helps you with:

  • Picking the safest destination
  • Safely using public transportation, Ubers and taxis
  • Solo travel safety tips (the same ones I used)
  • Travel scams to be aware of so you’re not a victim
  • Safely going out at night (but still having fun)
  • Confidently driving in a foreign country
  • Picking the right street food stand (so you don’t get sick)
  • …and so much more 📘
Best Books on Mexico

2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Sayulita and Riviera Nayarit by Alexa West

Alexa West is the author behind The Solo Girls Travel Guide series. Her main focus is Asia travel, with books on Bali, Thailand, Japan, and more. Recently, she spent some time exploring Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and wrote a great book to this part of Mexico.

Best Books on Mexico

3. Los Cabos, La Paz, Todos Santos & More: A Guide to Baja California Sur by Laura Bronner

Laura Bronner is the author behind the Eternal Expat travel blog. She is a journalist who’s lived all over the world, including Mexico. Though she’s living in Lithuania now, her guide to Baja California Sur state is one of the best tools to Mexico’s West Coast.

🇲🇽 Also looking for the best books on Mexico City? Check out Laura’s Mexico City: A Travel Guide.

Best Books on Mexico

4. Lonely Planet Mexico Guidebook

Lonely Planet is one of the biggest names in travel guides. Updated yearly, Lonely Planet’s Mexico Guide has relevant and timely travel advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden gems await you while traveling to Mexico.

Discover the ancient Maya world at Palenque Ruins, explore world-class diving reefs at Cabo Pulmo, and see the works of Mexico’s top muralists around Mexico City — all with your trusted Lonely Planet travel companion.

Note: When going to Mexico, the Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary is one of the best Mexico phrasebooks for travelers.

Best Mexican Fiction Books by Mexican Authors

5. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The magical realism novel, Like Water for Chocolate by Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel, is one of the most famous Mexican books of all time. If the name sounds familiar, it was made into a movie in 1992, and nominated for a Golden Globe award.

Each chapter of this novel begins with a traditional Mexican food recipe. These intros will definitely make you hungry to travel somewhere like Oaxaca City, known as the Foodie Capital of the country, to enjoy some of the recipes.

The novel is set in a small town close to the U.S. – Mexican border, and follows the life of a young girl named Tita. It is a tragic romance tale, as Tita is forbidden from marrying her love, Pedro Muñoz, because of an ancient family tradition saying the youngest daughter can never marry.

Rather, Tita, the family’s youngest sibling, must care for her mother until she dies instead of taking a husband. Tita taps into another ancient tradition, cooking, and uses it as a way to express her feelings — and possibly win over Pedro, who was actually wed to her sister, Rosaura.

Best Books on Mexico

6. Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo

First published in 1955, Pedro Páramo was a distinct break with earlier “realist” novels from Latin America, and paved the way for the magical realism genre. Besides Juan Rulfo, other magical realism authors include Gabriel García Márquez of One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Pedro Páramo is about one man’s strange quest for his heritage. Beseeched by his dying mother to locate his father, Pedro Páramo, whom they fled from years ago. The story’s protagonist, Juan Preciado sets out for Comala in the state of Colima, Mexico, on his journey of discovery.

Best Books on Mexico

7. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This New York Times Bestseller has received accolades from The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, and frankly, too many other places to list. Mexican Gothic is a period thriller, set in an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico, that mixes wealthy society, family secrets and the supernatural.

It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start, Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.

—The Guardian Review

📚 Other books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Best Books on Mexico

8. Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos

Down the Rabbit Hole was the debut novel from Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos — written in 2011, and now translated into 15 languages. Villalobos has since written other books (listed below), and is considered one of the most important contemporary Mexican authors.

Down the Rabbit Hole is a comedic and dark journey with the protagonist, Tochtli. He is the son of a Mexican drug lord, growing up lavish hideout compound that he shares with hitmen, drug dealers, prostitutes, servants, and even a few corrupt politicians, while dreaming of the outside world.

📚 Other books by Juan Pablo Villalobos

Best Books on Mexico

9. The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia

This is Mexican author Sofía Segovia’s first book to be translated into English. It tells the tale of Simonopio, about a mysterious child found abandoned under a bridge, covered in a blanket of bees, who has the power to change a family’s history as the country enters the Mexican Revolution.

Such an amazing story, and written (and translated) so beautifully, I was blown away. 

—Sarah Hague, Amazon review
Best Books on Mexico

10. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Acclaimed by critics, and beloved by readers of all ages, The House on Mango Street has been translated into 20 languages. It chronicles the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, as she comes of age, experiences life, and invents herself.

This book oozes culture and Cisneros captures the childhood voice of Esperanza so wonderfully.

—Bex Cain, Amazon review

📚 Other books by Sandra Cisneros:

Best Books on Mexico

11. The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

Mexican author Luis Alberto Urrea is a Pulitzer Prize Award finalist, and one of the most important voices in Latin American literature today. His novel, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, is an epic, mystical drama set in Mexico in 1889, that chronicles a girl’s sudden sainthood.

Sixteen-year-old girl, Teresita, is the illegitimate but beloved daughter of Don Tomas Urrea, a wealthy and powerful rancher. She wakes from the strangest dream in which she died — only it wasn’t a dream at all, and she has actually risen from the dead.

Teresita, a passionate and rebellious young woman, has resurrected with the power to heal. However, it turns her world upside down, and will take all of her faith to endure the trials awaiting her and now that she’s become the Saint of Cabora.

📚 Other books by Luis Alberto Urrea

Best Books on Mexico

12. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

The Death of Artemio Cruz opens with Artemio Cruz, an omnipotent newspaper magnate and land baron, who lies confined on his deathbed. Through dreamlike flashes, he recalls the Mexican Revolution and his climb from poverty to wealth, and ultimately contemplates his impending death.

A tour de force of Mexican life and the story-telling art…

—T. M. Teale, Amazon review

📚 Other books by Carlos Fuentes

Best Books on Mexico

13. The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz

You can’t discuss famous Mexican literature without talking about The Labyrinth of Solitude.

This is the best-known book from Mexican author Octavio Paz, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990. Paz has long been acknowledged one of Mexico’s foremost poets, writers and critics, and this book is a window into his psyche.

Through his writings, he explores Mexican traditions, history and social identity in the modern day. The book contains all of his most famous short stories and essays — “Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude,” “Mexico and the United States,” “The Other Mexico,” and “The Philanthropic Ogre.”

📚 Discover more books on Mexico by Mexican authors

Best Books Set in Mexico

14. Bad Karma: The True Story of a Mexico Trip from Hell by Paul Wilson

It’s the summer of 1978 and Paul Wilson, a young man of 21, gets invited to join two local icons on a surf trip to Mexico. This true story ends as exciting as it starts off — with Paul robbing a supermarket to pay his way on this dream trip which, of course, goes awry quickly.

Fear and Loathing goes to Mexico.

—Neil P. Reid, Amazon review

Paul soon learns one of his companions is a convicted killer on the run, and the other is an unscrupulous adulterer. Mishap and misfortune ensue, and the three spend much of the story just trying to survive, rather than surfing in Mexico.

Best Books on Mexico

15. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a New York Times Bestseller, and one of the classic works of the YA genre (young adult). It is a poignant but funny coming-of-age tale about the pressures and expectations that come with growing up in a Mexican-American home.

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college; they don’t move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. A Perfect Mexican daughter never abandons her family. However, the story’s main character, Julia, is not your perfect Mexican daughter.

Best Books on Mexico

16. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

It’s Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in 1938, and former British Consul Geoffrey Firmin is making one last effort to salvage his crumbling life. Geoffrey’s ex-wife, Yvonne, has just shown up to the South-Central Mexican town he’s in, to try and revive their marriage.

one of the towering novels of [the twentieth] century.

—New York Times review

The two are literally “under the volcano,” as the town they are in sits beneath two active volcanoes. Amid the chaos brewing beneath the Earth, Geoffrey confronts his own internal chaos, including alcoholism, a mid-life crisis and more.

Best Books on Mexico

17. Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis

One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, Luisa, 17, doesn’t return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus bound for the Pacific Coast of Mexico with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. They set out to find a traveling troupe of Ukrainian dwarfs who recently escaped a Soviet circus touring Mexico.

The imagined fates of these performers fill Luisa’s surreal dreams, as she settles in on the beaches of Oaxaca. Surrounded by hippies, nudists, beachcombers, and eccentric storytellers, Luisa begins to disappear into the lives of colorful locals in Zipolite, the only nude beach in Mexico.

Best Books on Mexico

18. The Lawless Roads by Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904–1991) is heralded as one of the most important writers of the 20th Century. The Lawless Roads and many of his books have religious, moral, and political themes, combined with his travels to some of the most volatile parts of the world.

If you want to understand Mexico better you’ll want to read this. 

—Warren W. Wiley, Amazon review

In 1938, he was commissioned to expose the anticlerical purges in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco. Under orders of then-President Plutarco Elías Calles, churches were destroyed, religious icons banned, priests disappeared and peasants held secret in-home masses.

What Greene encountered on this trip was a combination of despair, resignation and resilience. He has a visceral response to the landscape and oppressive heat, during what he calls “the fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth.”

📚 Other books by Graham Greene

Best Books on Mexico

19. The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Following the 1939 publication of his most famous work, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck and his novel fell under intense controversy. To escape the national scrutiny, Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, his close friend and a biologist, went on a month-long expedition to the Gulf of California.

The Gulf of California, AKA Sea of Cortez, has been famously called “the aquarium of the world” by French diver Jaques Cousteau. The Sea of Cortez book is an exciting day to day account of Steinbeck and Ricketts’ journey, in a story that combines science, philosophy and adventure.

📚 Discover more books set in Mexico

  • The Book of Lamentations by Rosario Castellanos
  • The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera
  • The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
  • 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
  • An Easy Thing by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
  • Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor
  • The Mongolian Conspiracy by Rafael Bernal
  • Desert Flowers by Paul Pen
  • The Ruins by Scott Smith
  • Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
  • Josef Albers in Mexico by Lauren Hinckson
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B. Traven

Best Books on Mexico History (Non-Fiction)

20. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs by Michael D. Coe

Mexico by Michael D. Coe has been long-considered the most readable and authoritative introduction to Mexico’s ancient civilizations. It is the companion to his best-selling book, The Maya, and explores civilizations dating as far back as the Olmec, Mexico’s earliest known civilization.

Best Books on Mexico

21. Conquest: Montezuma, Cortés, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas

Conquest chronicles the Mexican and Spanish civilizations, two great empires locked in an epic battle over land and territory. In extraordinary detail, this book offers an unprecedented, in-depth look at two of history’s most legendary opponents, Montezuma and Hernán Cortés.

Best Books on Mexico

22. Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernández

Determined to oust Mexico dictator Porfirio Díaz, Bad Mexicans tells the story of the magonistas. These migrant rebels, led by Ricardo Flores Magón, sparked the 1910 Mexican Revolution from the United States, because Díaz was selling off Mexican resources to the highest U.S. bidders.

Sheriffs, local police, spies, and officials from the U.S. Departments of War, State, Treasury and Justice, all hunted the magonistas. However, they persevered, living in hiding while launching armed raids in Mexico, eventually igniting the world’s first social revolution of the 20th Century.

Best Books on Mexico

23. Mexico: Biography of Power by Enrique Krauze

Though one of the quintessential history of Mexico books, Mexico: Biography of Power is easy to read. It examines the years from 1810-1996, with a focus on the country’s leaders, including Aztec emperors, Hernán Cortez, the Spanish Crown, and the Catholic Church.

Best Books on Mexico

24. The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics by Gilbert M. Joseph

The Mexico Reader traces the country’s history from pre-Columbian times, through the Mexican Revolution from 1910-1917, to present-day Mexico. It examines what’s known as the muchos Méxicos (many Mexicos), because the country has changed so much throughout the centuries.

Best Books on Mexico

25. The Fire & The Word: A History of the Zapatista Movement By Gloria Muñoz Ramirez

The Fire and the Word tells the story of the Zapatista movement in Mexico — from its clandestine birth in the jungles of Chiapas State, to the impact it still has on Mexico and the world today. Author Gloria Muñoz spent years in remote villages, and interviewed many of the Zapatista organizers.

Best Books on Mexico

26. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Maya

The Popol Vuh (pronounced pow-pull voo) is the most important piece of Mayan literature to survive the Spanish conquest. It offers one of the world’s greatest creation accounts, comparable to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, the Ramayana of India, and the Iliad and Odyssey of Greece.

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Books on Mesoamerican Civilization & Spanish Conquest

  • The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela, a writer who served under Pancho Villa
  • The Conquest of Mexico by Hugh Thomas
  • A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolome de Las Casas
  • The Mexican Revolution by Adolfo Gilly
  • The Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Díaz
  • A Concise History of Mexico by Brian R. Hamnett
  • Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy
  • The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by Miguel León-Portilla
  • Aztecs: An Interpretation by Inga Clendinnen
  • The Maya by Michael D. Coe and Stephen D. Houston
  • The Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico by Nigel Davies
  • This Tree Grows Out of Hell by Ptolemy Tompkins
  • A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya by Linda Schele and David Freidel
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Aztec, Inca & Maya by DK

Contemporary History & Social Commentaries

  • The Chinese in Mexico: 1882-1940 by Robert Chao Romero
  • Patriots From the Barrio: The Story Of Company E (The Only All Mexican American Army Unit In World War II) by Dave Gutierrez
  • ’68: The Mexican Autumn of the Tlatelolco Massacre by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
  • Cara O Cruz: Benito Juárez By Angélica Vázquez Del Mercado and Alejandro Rosas
  • Mexico: Democracy Interrupted by Jo Tuckman
  • Massacre in Mexico by Elena Poniatowska
  • Las Soldaderas: Women of the Mexican Revolution By Elena Poniatowska 
  • Manana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans by Jorge G. Castañeda
  • Robbery Under Law: The Mexican Object-Lesson by Evelyn Waugh
  • Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura E. Gómez
  • Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s by Francisco E. Balderrama and Raymond Rodriguez
  • How Race is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, And The Historical Power Of Racial Scripts by Natalia Molina
  • No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Cynthia E. Orozco

Best Books About Mexico for Kids

27. Off We Go to Mexico by Laurie Krebs and Christopher Corr

Traveling to Mexico with kids? This is the perfect book to introduce youngsters to the culture of Mexico, so they enjoy the trip to the fullest. The photos are complemented by interesting and fun facts about Mexico, as well as a glossary of simple Spanish vocabulary.

Best Books on Mexico

28. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Dreamers is a New York Times Bestseller, and the recipient of about 20 prestigious awards. It is a story of immigrant families finding their way in a new place, navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. It humanizes dreamers in a lovingly-illustrated picture book.

Best Books on Mexico

29. Mexico: Travel for Kids by Belinda Briggs

Whether you’re preparing your kiddos for a Mexico vacation, or just teaching them about the country, Mexico: Travel for Kids gives you all you need to know — from the best places to visit in Mexico, tacos and all the tasty food to try, through interactive pop quizzes and other fun activities.

Best Books on Mexico

30. Let’s Learn About Mexico: Activity and Coloring Book by Yuko Green

Let’s Learn About Mexico introduces kids (ages 6 to 10) to Mexico’s geography, language, food, arts, sports and festivals. It has puzzles, connect the dots games, crosswords, spot the difference activities, and cute illustrations that offer plenty of opportunities for coloring.

Best Books on Moving to Mexico

31. The Move to Mexico Bible by Sonia Diaz and Beverley Wood

Like the name states, this is the best book out there on the subject of moving to Mexico. If you’re considering Mexico expat life, this is a worthwhile book to get a premier on what it’s like living in Mexico as an expat, both its pros and cons.

Best Books on Mexico

32. The Gringo Guide to Moving to Mexico by Raúl Jiménez

Author Raúl Jiménez (who played for the Mexican national soccer team), and writer of the Amazon best seller, Mexislang, offers advice for gringos moving to Mexico. Discussing everything from getting a Green Card to doing your taxes, he helps you determine if Mexico’s right for you.

33. Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats by Janet Blaser

Compiled and edited by Janet Blaser, Why We Left is a compilation of stories from women who have left their home country to live in Mexico. Millions of Americans and Canadians dream about living in Mexico, and many of them do — these are their stories.

Best Books on Mexico

34. Expat Secrets of Mexico by Russell Blake

In his Expat Secrets of Mexico (and also Retirement Secrets of Mexico), author Russell Blake tells expats in Mexico and prospective expats about everyday life. Misinformation abounds about Mexico, but this practical guide debunks the myths to give you an accurate look at life in Mexico.

Best Books on Mexico

35. Living in Mexico by Barbara & René Stoeltie

A Taschen art book, Living in Mexico is a photographic journey that chronicles various styles of homes in Mexico. It beautifully highlights Aztec and Mayan design, mixed with classical Spanish influences and contemporary design.

Featuring everything from Luis Barragán’s contemporary designs in Mexico City, to traditional thatched-roof Mayan dwellings in the Yucatan Peninsula, this book showcases the country’s diverse architecture styles through stunning imagery and vivid descriptions.

Best Books on Mexico

Bonus: Frida Kahlo Books, Mexican Cookbooks & More

Though this is an expansive list, one can never have enough books! It had a lot of books about Mexico history and fiction literature, but was lacked in a few other area — like books about Frida Kahlo, books on how to learn Spanish and the best Mexican cookbooks — which you’ll find below ⤵

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

This book is considered among the most definitive biographies about Mexico’s most famous female artist, Frida Kahlo. (👩‍🎨 Note: If you want to a book that focuses more on her art, check out Frida Kahlo. The Complete Paintings.)

In Frida: A Biography, author Hayden Herrera examines the life of this Mexican icon — from a trolley accident that left her bedridden at 18, to her tumultuous marriage to fellow Mexican artist, Diego Rivera — so readers get to know the woman behind the artist.

Best Books on Mexico

Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bregstein

Easy Spanish Step-by-Step proves that a solid foundation in grammar basics is the key to mastering a second language. Spanish language concepts and grammatical rules are clearly explained, and you’ll learn more than 300 of the most-used verbs and key terms.

Through exercises and engaging readings, you’ll quickly build on your Spanish speaking and language comprehension. This book offers a proven grammar-based approach that will get you confident and conversational in Spanish fast!

📚Note: Easy Spanish Phrase Book: Over 1500 Common Phrases For Everyday Use and Travel by Lingo Mastery is another great option for a book to learn Spanish with.

Best Books on Mexico

Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook by Enrique Olvera

Chef Enrique Olvera is considered the best Mexican chef working today. His restaurant, Pujol in Mexico City, consistently makes the coveted 50 Best list. It is also considered one of the best restaurants in Mexico City, and all Mexico.

For those who can’t get one of the coveted reservations at Pujol, his cookbook explains just how he makes some of his favorite dishes — all classic Mexican foods. In Tu Casa Mi Casa, you’ll get more than 100 recipes, from tortillas and tamales, to chilaquiles and tacos.

Best Books on Mexico

Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A. by Danny Trejo

Mexican-American actor Danny Trejo, of Machete, Desperado, shares his favorite recipes and stories about growing up in 1950s LA. In the book, there’s standard classics, like carnitas tacos, but also surprising recipes you don’t expect, like roasted cauliflower tacos and nacho donuts.

Final Thoughts: Best Books on Mexico

We’ve reached the end of a very long list of the best novels about Mexico, books about Mexican culture and Mexico history books, many by the most famous Mexican authors of all time. There’s also Mexican food cookbooks, Mexico travel books, historical fiction, magical realism, and more.

In short: This list will keep you busy for a while. I hope you use it to find your next favorite books on Mexico, and I will keep adding to it as I discover new titles with sharing. ♻️ If you’re going green, consider an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, and enjoy your Mexican books the eco way!