I love tacos. And not in that once in a while a taco sounds yummy kinda of way. But in a I could live on tacos and be completely happy about it. There has been more then a time or two where I started my day with egg tacos for breakfast, then had chicken tacos for lunch and ended the day with shrimp tacos. I simply cannot get enough.
When I was asked to review Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman’s book “Tacos Recipes and Provocation” I was beyond excited. There may have been jumping and squealing. I could not wait to get my hands on this book, and let me tell you that it did not disappoint.
Once it arrived, I opened the box and stood in awe of this beautiful book. After taking it out, even the book smelled of spices. (And yes I made everyone in my family smell it to make sure that I was nor just imagining it) It is a thick, heavy, hard back with all the writing almost engraved into the cover. It makes a beautiful addition to any kitchen.
I was surprised at the detail that went into this book. It goes over so much more then just tacos. It covers tortillas, salsas, chiles and more. The inspiration here was overwhelming. After reading it, all in one sitting and driving my family nuts talking about tacos, I made a grocery list of everything that I was going to need to make tacos; complete from scratch, and off to the store I went.
Well to say it was a disaster would be a bit dramatic. But, there were no fresh from scratch tortillas for my tacos. We will have to try and attempt that again at another time. Quite possibly with margaritas. The rest of the meal was simply amazing. We did the grilled shrimp tacos from the book, substituting avocados with pineapple (we are not a green eating family over here). The simplicity in the taco did not take away from the flavor. Living here in the southwest, we are no stranger to spicy mexican food, and these were just as good as any restaurant tacos I have ever had. That is saying a lot, since cooking is not one of my strongest suits.
If you are looking for a great book on a singular topic to add to your collection, this would hands down be the best one that I have read.
Do any of you guys share my taco love here? Would you buy a book only on tacos? Are you willing to try variations of the classic ground beef taco (which we learn in the book are not something that you would actually ever find in Mexico)?