A Dining Guide

      In 2008, after attending a session celebrating libraries at the New Mexico State Legislature, we enjoyed a late breakfast at Tía Sophia's in downtown Santa Fe. Between sips of coffee and bites of huevos rancheros, we brainstormed ways to follow up the success of our award-winning 2006 book, Breakfast Santa Fe Style. Breakfast would still be our focus, and we wanted to cover as much of New Mexico as possible. We decided to enlist our library colleagues, many of whom had expressed dismay that we hadn't involved them in the "research" for our first book. With all of these ingredients in mind, Breakfast New Mexico Style was born.
      After breakfast we rushed to our computers and began sending out invitations. We contacted librarians in New Mexico's big and small communities. Their assignment was to visit their favorite local restaurants, eat breakfast, and write about their experiences. We received a virtual buffet of passionate reviews, and added a few of our own. The final mouth-watering task was to compile and edit the submissions. Things came together like a perfect omelet.
      Since all of the people who contributed to this book were connected with libraries, they were more than happy to recommend a book or two to go along with each review. We have also included fun and interesting places to visit after breakfast.
      In memory of Mike Jaynes, the designer and ardent supporter of Breakfast Santa Fe Style, a percentage of the royalties from Breakfast New Mexico Style will go to the New Mexico Library Foundation (NMLF). The NMLF is a non-profit organization that supports public, school, academic, and special libraries statewide. For more information about the NMLF, visit
      Whether you're in New Mexico for the first time, a returning visitor, or a longtime resident of New Mexico, we hope you'll savor this book. We have included a wide variety of places, including bakeries, burrito stands, and elegant restaurants.
      There are so many exciting breakfast options in New Mexico. Traditional foods include tortillas, beans, eggs, chorizo (red sausage), and red and green chile. These tasty elements serve as a palette for New Mexico's artistic cooks and chefs. Creative cooks mix and match ingredients to make a wide variety of breakfast dishes. Offerings start with the traditional burrito and Mexican omelet, but can range to wildly imaginative breakfast sandwiches and the hands down, no doubt about it, most incredibly named menu item: the Hen Grenade. Breakfast in New Mexico can easily be the most memorable meal of the day.