Book Review: Tamales

Tamales: Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals by Alice Guadalupe Tapp

I'll be honest, I've never made traditional tamales, only a simplified tamale pie (all the delicious tamale flavor with none of the shaping and tying of a traditional tamale). Still, I LOVE the flavors and I've been looking to expand my tamale repertoire, so I was excited by this book. I'm definitely planning to pick up a copy of this book!

cool: freezer instructions!; 10 different ways to wrap the tamale (with instructions and illustrations)

Masa: Multiple recipes for Masa (with different ingredients, which is great if you can't get one type of masa where you live), includes one made with polenta and one with vegan ingredients; even a sweet masa if you're making dessert tamales

Sauces and Salsas: walks you through how to make a salsa and then a sauce from that salsa (a basic template recipe using what you have); includes a few basic recipes that can build off each other and the template recipe for lots of variety (nice way to look at it! more flexibility, but maybe not great for someone who is less confident with improvisation)

Inside-Out Tamales: "Tontos" made of masa with fillings on top. E.g. Corn Salad Inside-Out Tamales, mexican tuna inside-out tamales (uses canned tuna!), Shrimp Inside-Out Tamales (because shrimp would get rubbery being cooked twice)

Meat Tamales: This part is less interesting to me, since I'm vegetarian, BUT my husband still eats meat, and it would be great to make up some for the freezer for him. Chicken Curry Tamales, Chorizo Corundas (these have the filling mixed into the masa, which makes them really easy to make), chorizo and egg tamales

Nose-to-Tail Tamales: I love that this is its own chapter, since Mexican food often includes all of the pieces. Bone marrow tamales, tongue tamales, oxtail tamales, cow's foot tamales.

Vegetarian and Vegan Tamales: Yaaaay. Huevos Rancheros-Inspired Tamales, Easy Green Corn Tamales, Tamara's refried bean and jalapeño rajas tamales

Dessert Tamales: Banana Nutella Tamales, Rice Pudding Tamales, Coconut Lime Corundas, Dulce de Leche Corundas


Note: I received a free e-ARC from NetGalley.