Cooking with Baja Magic Dos  ~  Price: $28.95 ~ ISBN: 09653223433

Released in 2005, Cooking with 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’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, I moved to Buena Vista, midway between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez.

“Since then, I have traveled extensively and learned much about my adopted country. “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.”

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Agave Sunsets ~ Retail price: $19.95 ~ ISBN: 0965322335

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 ~ Retail price: $14.95 ~ ISBN: 0965322327 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 theirraucous, 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.”