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Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales by Roberto Santibañez

December 12, 2012

In his new cookbook, Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales, chef Roberto Santibañez focuses on the "everyday food" that's enjoyed at Mexican food stalls and taquerias, and in the country's home kitchens. While the recipes are mostly for those three iconic dishes, Santibañez also includes cocktails, agua frescas, salsas, and desserts. But it's not just about recipes. As with his previous book, Truly Mexican, Santibañez always aims to teach. He supplies the essential techniques, using the recipes as examples, and then it's up to you to make these dishes your own. Once you get a feel for tortas, making Santibañez's steak, chicken, or pork tortas, you can take what you've learned and create your own spin. The same goes for tacos and tamales. Maybe you'll use one of Santibañez's tamale fillings to make tacos, or perhaps one of his torta recipes will be the inspiration for a completely new tamale. For a relatively petite cookbook, that's a rather striking accomplishment. And there are photos, too. In addition to colorful, energetic shots of most of the recipes, Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales includes photos of Mexican restaurants, home kitchens, food stalls, and other street-side eating scenes. Recipes to try: Molletes Grilled Hot Dog Tortas Refried Black Beans Pico de Gallo with Lemon Zest For more from Santibañez, see our Taco Night Party Plan, written by his coauthor, JJ Goode.

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