By MP Mexico News Staff
Ann Hazard is passionate about all things Mexican. In addition to writing four books on Baja, she has published more than 150 articles about Mexico. Her work has appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, The North County Times, The Coast News, The Baja Tourist Guide, Discover Baja, Discover Los Cabos Magazine, Los Cabos Magazine, Visit Los Cabos (in all hotel rooms 2008), Mexico File and on numerous Mexico websites. Originally from San Diego, Ann has lived part-time in Baja since 1993. She now resides in McCall, Idaho and spends the snowy months in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
ANN’S FOUR BAJA BOOKS
COOKING WITH BAJA MAGIC DOS
Retail Price: $28.95
Released in 2005, COOKING WTIH BAJA MAGIC DOS is a must have for all Baja Aficionados! All 175 recipes from the original, classic Baja cookbook have been updated and improved. There are 90 new recipes and stories about Ann and Terry’s adventures over the last eight years. The 80 pieces of all-new art by Janna Kinkade (cover), Gayle Hazard and Terry Hauswirth are inspiring and pure magic.
Ann says: “The original Cooking With Baja Magic was published in 1997 and reflected my life and travels up to that point. In the intervening years, I have had the opportunity to further explore this magnificent peninsula and meet some amazing people. In 2003, my husband Terry and I sold our houses in San Diego and La Bufadora and moved to Buena Vista, midway between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez. Since then, we have traveled extensively and learned much about our adopted country. The life here suits us perfectly.
“I always felt more at home in Mexico than in the US and for years I pondered why. Now I know. I now know that my heart is Mexican. Mi corazón es Mexicano. That’s why I am here and I believe that because I am in Baja, the experiences I share now in Baja Magic Dos are more authentic. I’ve also added 90 new recipes — some that I’ve created, many that I’ve discovered and several that were given to me by talented Baja chefs. There are lots more surprises too … more stories, all-new art, and more historical and culinary information. There are now 50 restaurant recipes from 31 Baja eateries and two from our favorite US Mexican restaurants.”
New recipes from old favorites from the first Baja Magic include Tío Pablo’s in Los Barriles, Pancho’s in Cabo, Caffé Todos Santos and the Buena Vista Beach Resort. Eighteen of Baja’s hottest hotels, restaurants and bars are contributing for the first time here. They are: Hussongs and Taquería Mexico (Ensenada), Pueblo Bonito (Cabo), Posada la Poza and Hotel California (Todos Santos), El Chilar, Hotel Tropicana, Brisas del Mar and Buzzard’s (San Jose del Cabo), El Corral and Rancho Buena Vista (Buena Vista), Tacos Los Barriles (Los Barriles), Ray´s Place (Mulege), Isla Loreto (Loreto), Mr. Azucar´s (La Paz) and the Giggling Marlin (Bahía de los Sueños). The chef on the Spirit of Endeavor, a small cruise ship that sails between Cabo, La Paz and Loreto shared a recipe. My favorite stateside Mexican restaurants, Las Olas (in my former hometown of Cardiff, CA) and Chapala (in my favorite summer hangout, McCall, ID) also inspired recipes.
Additionally, there are several new sections in Dos. They are: La Comida Mexicana, All About Chiles, Baja Wineries, Aguas Frescas, History of the Margarita, Mexican Cookies & Candies and A Few Parting Thoughts. Far superior to the first Baja Magic, Dos became an instant classic when it debuted in 2006. It is the authority on fiesta, Baja-style.
Retail price: $19.95
Fasten your seatbelt! Laugh until your sides ache. A collection of 50 treasured Baja tales, Agave Sunsets will transport you to magical places south of the border, introduce you to characters you’ll never forget and implant in you un corazón Mexicano—A real Mexican heart. The stories traverse four generations of Baja adventures that are equally hilarious and heart-warming.
It all began back in the 1890s with Ann’s grandfather, a notorious poker player who traveled with Erle Stanley Gardner—creator of Perry Mason. Later on, it was “Boys ‘n Beer in Baja,” and “Fishing for Those Little Bastards.” Next, Ann regales you with 20 “Tales from La Bufadora,” including “Dirt Roads in the Dark,” “Torrid Tales from Teenage Summer Camp,” “How to Become a Five-Star Houseguest” and “What Do You Mean … He Lived in a Tree?”
Traveling Baja is all about the people, places and adventures along the way, and Ann dishes up 22 of those, including: “As the Palapa Turns, or Expatriated Americans Down East Cape Way,” “Baja’s Exotic Wine Country,” and “Following the Whale Trail.”
Agave Sunsets is more than just the story of one woman’s lifelong love affair with Baja. It’s more than just a great read with great photos. Its appeal is universal; in that we all long for romance, joy and serendipity our lives. It brings Baja and its inhabitants—both Mexican and expatriate—to light, in a spirited, relaxed and often, hilarious way. Agave Sunsets erases the barriers between cultures and accurately depicts our “neighbors to the south” as the down-to-earth, loving and generous folks that they are. No other Baja book gives such an open, honest look into the Mexican heart. The stories are short, so the book is easy to pick up and put down. Finish it, and you’ll feel like one the family!
CARTWHEELS IN THE SAND: A Novel
Retail price: $14.95
A father dies unexpectedly and leaves his motor home to his daughter. Another woman lands a contract to write an unconventional Baja California guidebook … but she needs an RV and three traveling companions. Join Dana, Camille, Holly and Barb on their raucous, engrossing adventure.
Cartwheels in the Sand tells the story of an unlikely foursome who spend a month journeying down the magnificent peninsula in a ’78 motor home. By the time you’ve met these fictional “Bodacious Baja Babes,” you’ll be chomping at the bit to gather up your best buddies and head south! Set against one of the most dramatic backdrops on the planet, this is a powerful story about coming to terms with life at mid-life—a City Slickers for women. It’s also an accurate guidebook. Read it once for the story and a second time as you plan your trip. It even makes a great gift for people who don’t understand the lure of Mexico, or are uncomfortable outside a “first world” environment. These folks can take the journey vicariously. And … who knows? Some of them may even be converted to Baja Aficionados!
Aside from the fact that it’s a novel and accurate travel guide in one (which is unique), Cartwheels in the Sand features four women doing something that women don’t usually do without men. They take to the road in Mexico, of all places! Rest assured … these are not timid or dull women. As one reader aptly put it, reading Cartwheels in the Sand “…is like being a fly on the wall in the women’s locker room.”
There really isn’t a book like this one. It’s utterly unique. Cartwheels in the Sand is an accurate travel guide. It can be used to plan a trip down Baja. It’s also a novel in the City Slickers vein—but it’s about women, not men. These four women are traveling alone—in Baja. They are four very different, talented and outspoken women and they invite the reader to tag along on one heck of an adventure!
Ann’s books are available online at http://bajamagic.com, at http://amazon.com and http://bajabooksandmaps.com. They can be found in most hotel gift shops and bookstores throughout Baja California Sur.
COOKING WITH BAJA MAGIC—the original—OUT OF PRINT
Retail price: $21.95
How about dinner, under a palapa … next to the Sea of Cortez? Entice yourself with 175 recipes from all over Baja, three generations of riveting travel tales and Bob Bonn’s remarkable illustrations. Cooking With Baja Magic will tip your perspective to the south, lighten your heart and transform your outlook on life!
This book contains 175 easy-to-prepare recipes in 15 categories, 20 from famous Baja restaurants. Try Confetti Dip Mardi Gras, Pancho’s Tortilla Soup from the Cabo restaurant, “The” Original Tijuana Caesar Salad, Bay of L.A. Lobster Tacos, Expatriate Pepper Steak and Citrus Flan Extraordinaire from Caffé Todos Santos. A cookbook, storybook and art book all in one, it showcases 22 whimsical, colorful illustrations by Laguna Beach, California artist, Bob Bonn. Author Ann Hazard, a third generation Baja Aficionada, guarantees that this book will tilt your perspective too the south and inject you with a lasting dose of Baja Magic!
Cooking With Baja Magic is a Baja classic as it has always been the perfect gift for adventure-loving cooks! It’s the most comprehensive cookbook on Baja out there. It’s a book readers will sit down with and devour, cover to cover … before even trying a recipe. Cooking With Baja Magic is full of entertaining travel tales from Ann Hazard’s family’s four generations of Baja adventures. Bob Bonn’s art is magical too, and really adds to the “fiesta” mood! Plus, since it’s out of print and there are only 80 left, it has become a collector’s item.
Cooking With Baja Magic is all about “fiesta.” It’s totally upbeat and fun. It’s enjoyable to look at, it’s a great read and the recipes are remarkably uncomplicated and delicious.
Published by RENEGADE ENTERPRISES
5422 Napa Street, San Diego, CA 92110 ~ 619-298-1831
and P.O. Box 1207, McCall, ID 83638 ~ 208-634-8509