Spice up your Cinco De Mayo celebrations with homemade dishes from some of our favorite Mexican cookbooks—whether you want simple or fancy, traditional or reinvented, meaty or meatless. Rick Bayless, host of the PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time offers up innovative contemporary versions of Mexican classics in his book of the same name. Or if you want truly authentic Mexican fare, pick up the authoritative The Art of Mexican Cooking by Diana Kennedy or Frida’s Fiestas, which gathers the favorite recipes of artist Frida Kahlo in one beautiful volume.
Not into meat? Jason Wyrick’s Vegan Tacos has sophisticated recipes that go far beyond tofu. Or try A Taste of Mexico, from chef Kippy Nigh, whose La Casa del Pan restaurant in Mexico is the height of locavore vegetarian cuisine.