Culinary artists, amateur chefs, and hungry readers will be tantalized by the zesty, spicy, and oh-so-delicious recipes included in Angelina LaRue’s cookbook The Whole Enchilada: Fresh and Nutritious Southwestern Cuisine.  LaRue’s collection of delectable and nutritious recipes run the gamut from family meals to party appetizers.  The offerings include a jalapeno pepper mix perfect for topping off any barbeque dish, a cowboy sweet potato casserole with sliced bacon and chipotle peppers, Christmas-style smothered burritos with grated Oaxaca cheese, creamy pumpkin candy with white chocolate, and cinnamon ice cream with brown sugar and honey.  The Whole Enchilada is beautifully enhanced with vibrant, color photography that will put cooks at ease as they dare to create fun and flavorful feasts.  LaRue’s cooking roots are steeped in the heart of Texas and she has utilized her talent for mixing sumptuous ingredients to create a unique spin on traditional fare.  Her recipes for green chile beef flautas and mango jam serve as delicious examples of her savory skills.  When LaRue isn’t in the kitchen she’s writing about food for newspapers and magazines and authors her own blog on the subject.  The Whole Enchilada:  Fresh and Nutritious Southwestern Cuisine is LaRue’s first cookbook and she delivers a sumptuous banquet of style and seasonings.    

Reviewed by Chris Enss, COWGIRL Book Editor, and a New York Times Bestselling author who writes about women of the Old West.