Alice Guadalupe Tapp
Expected Publication: October 7, 2014
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.
I got this book as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Because it was an advanced review copy and it’s not published yet, there still seemed to be some formatting issues with the Kindle copy. I’m sure those will be handled before it’s actual release. Other than that, I had no issues with this book. It’s hard to go wrong with tamales… and this book gave several recipes and shortcuts to help make the tamale-making process not so daunting. I’ve made tamales several times, and it’s always such a big ordeal. This book has made me re-think that and open to trying some new options for making the process simpler. In fact, I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes soon! There’s a chapter on more “exotic” fillings that I probably won’t venture into., but overall I felt this was a solid reference.
Would I recommend this to my BFF? Probably not. Although the recipes are gluten-free for the most part, they are not “paleo” and that’s the way my BFF rolls these days.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Maybe as a reference if we’re cooking together, but so far, my 13 year old isn’t all that into reading cookbooks.
4 of 5 stars.