Bear with me, I know that this isn’t really that geeky. Not in the pop culture sense. But, I’m also another kind of geek. I’m a huge food geek. Cookbooks are a guilty pleasure of mine.
Usually Taco Tuesday in this house requires a box of Ortega or El Paso tortillas and a little packet of seasoning. And that is how author Alex Stupak describes his experiences with tacos as a kid. Seems like we have a lot in common (if you’ll let me stretch the truth).
I love this book for so many reasons. Usually, I just open a cookbook and skim the pages, glancing at the glorified food porn photos and move on to concoct my own recipes. This one prompted me to open it and really read through what it had to say. Sure, this guy has roots in haute-cuisine, but his writing is also really down to earth and snarky in a way that sassy me appreciates. When leaving the haute-cuisine scene to start a taqueria he tells his friends he feels like chopping off one arm to better learn to use the other. I liked that.
“We’re using the taco as a Trojan horse. And it’s time to open the gates.”
I freaking loved this line. Here Stupak is saying that perhaps not everything in this book is authentic Mexican, but that’s okay because we all love tacos and here are some even better ones. I’m really excited to use this book for future Taco Tuesdays. As a self proclaimed foodie I plan on searching out a tortilla press so that I can make my own and join this revelation he talks about in the introduction. If that isn’t for you, there are still wonderful salsa and filling recipes to choose from.
There is, I’m not joking, a recipe for cheeseburger tacos that looks so incredibly sinful from the amount of elastic cheese. There are even simple recipes for grilled pineapple tacos and delicious Tacos Al Pastor, the quintessential street taco. If you love to cook or if you want to broaden your Taco Tuesday horizons like I do, pick this one up.
In the future I hope that I can bring you guys a Taco Tuesday recipe/drink and TV/Film combo Because I am a taco freak. You guys cool with that?
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging For Books.