Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tamales: Fast And Delicious Mexican Meals by Alice Guadalupe Tapp


Synopsis From Back Cover:

Tamales are a Mexican favorite, beloved year-round as well as at Christmas, when the whole family traditionally pitches in with the work of tamale preparation and assembly. Thanks to renowned tamalera Alice Guadalupe Tapp, it's now possible to enjoy these delicious treas with a lot less labor.  Tapp has worked her tamale magic to turn the classic process on its head by paring it down to three to four steps that can be done in as little as forty-five minutes using handy tips, products, and tools.  All sixty dishes in the book are naturally gluten free, and include both classic tamale recipes - such as Chicken Mole, Sirloin Beef, and Fresh Poblano and Potato tamales - and novel recipes such as Chorizo and Egg, Oxtail, and Baked Fig tamales.  With this book, tamales are fast and easy enough to enjoy every day, and delicious enough to serve at any celebration.

Tamales are one of my many addictions around the holidays.  It's this perfect Christmas present, wrapped up and ready to eat at a moments notice.  You can make a ton of them days in advance, and enjoy the fruits of your labors for days to come.  Other than the dumpling and the taco, I don't think there is a more perfect food.

I think what I love about all three of the foods, is how many different things they can be.  If you can think of something to stuff into them, you can do it.  And for someone like me, who is almost willing to try anything, the sky is the limit.  I'm dying to try the Wild Boar Carnitas, though I'm not sure where I would find the wild boar.  I'm also really intrigued by the Jalapeno Pesto Potato tamales and the Coconut Lime Corundas.  I think for this Christmas I'll be sticking to the more traditional ones, but I'm really loving the idea of some of the other ones.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books, for this review.