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Chef Enrique Olvera Celebrates Simple Pleasures Of Mexican Cuisine In 'Tu Casa Mi Casa'

Enrique Olvera's restaurant Pujol has made multiple "best-of" lists, but he nearly didn't have a culinary career. His new cookbook is inspired by the perfect imperfections of Mexican home cooking.
Enrique Olvera's flagship eatery, Pujol, has repeatedly made lists of the best restaurants in the world. "The inspiration in our restaurant is home cooking and simple cooking," he says. "We've always been very connected to that. Whenever we want to travel for inspiration, we go to small towns in Mexico and visit people's homes." Source: Courtesy of Araceli Paz

As a kid, Enrique Olvera spent hours in his grandmother's bakery in Mexico City. He loved watching everyday ingredients like flour, sugar and eggs fuse into something entirely different.

For Olvera, even the simple act of baking a cake felt like magic.

He absorbed every detail as his grandmother gently coaxed masa into handmade tortillas. On Sundays, he joined his father in the kitchen, chopping onions and tomatoes for breakfasts of scrambled eggs and

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