2. "My Sweet Mexico" by Fany Gerson
My Sweet Mexico by Fany Gerson (Ten Speed Press) is a seductive journey through Mexico’s confections, baking techniques, holidays, and celebrations. Each chapter traces the origin and history of a sweet back to its ethnic origin and traditional preparations. From pumpkinseed candy, chestnut flan, and wedding cookies (which ironically were traditionally made in convents) to coffee-flavored corn cookies, guava caramel pecan rolls, and sweet tamales from the street vendors, this book will open up whole new worlds of delicious.