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 treats 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.
Mother approved, at least by my own, Tamales is a must have for Mexican food lovers. Fast and easy, anyone could master tamale making with the help of this book. What sets this book apart from others is the section at the beginning, Saving Time, listing all the ingredients needed. So there’s no need to flip through the pages looking for what you’ll need to pick up at the store. Assembling Tamales and Freezing Tips are also included in the beginning so you’ll have some idea of what to do before you try your hand at making tamales if you’re just a beginner. There’s also a convenient picture guide showing how to do various wrapping styles with corn husk and banana leaf. The recipes for masa, sauces and salsas, meat tamales, vegan tamales, dessert tamales, and many others are all very simple to follow.
-I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.