First glance at this book brought amusement, it is printed backwards.
How did that make it through quality control? Once the laughing stopped I dug in, Tacos: Recipes and Provocations by Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman.
The tacos section of the book has a good mix of recipes, including some very intriguing vegetarian tacos. You will find some basic tacos, some tacos that make you think about delicious possibilities you had not previously considered, and some that are a real stretch. I am looking at you deviled egg tacos.
The shinning stars of this book are the salsa, sauces, and spice mixtures. Also impressive are the instructions for making tortillas, and good explanations of Mexican ingredients, including tripe, and nixtamal.
The provocations listed in the title, are more like controlled rants, topics the author feels especially passionate about, and there are only five.
I do not think I will be making many of the tacos in this book, I have my own versions of the family's tried and true favorites, but the vegetarian options have caught my eye. As soon as baby carrots are available in the garden I will be giving
Carrot Tacos with Argan Oil Mole a try.
Then once the squash begin to flower, I will follow them up with
Squash Blossom Tacos, served with a Tomatillo-Oaxaqueños Salsa, and little crema, oh my.
Not the only taco book you will ever need, but if you love tacos, it is a darn fine addition to the shelf.
Photos like these leave me a little homesick.