Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Tomorrow is National Taco Day!

We live in California, land of taco trucks--aren't you glad? Want to know more about this auspicious holiday? Go here for some history.

According to Yelp, there are at least 16 places to get tacos in Burbank, not including all those trucks, so you should have no trouble celebrating tomorrow.

If, however, you prefer to make your own at home,
we have a few suggestions:

Amor y Tacos: Modern Mexican Tacos,
Margaritas, and Antojitos,
by Deborah M. Schneider
Mmmmm...Garlic Shrimp Tacos with Poblano Chiles, Deep-Fried Fish Tacos with Spicy Coleslaw, Lemon-Garlic Chicken Tacos with Mezcal, a vegetarian taco with quesa fresca (fresh cheese), and a taco stuffed with shredded beef that's been simmered in Coca-Cola and chiles. Want to make a party out of it? You can choose among five suggested menus scaled for small or large crowds. And there's plenty to go with the tacos, too...

The Tortilla Book, by Diana Kennedy
It's all about the tortilla. Diana Kennedy, the authoritative cultural missionary for the foods of Mexico, shows the incredible range of her imagination as she concentrates on one amazingly versatile ingredient. One Goodreads reviewer says, "Diana Kennedy is a goddess among Mexican chefs."

Mesa Mexicana,
by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger   
Two award-winning chefs with whom some may be familiar because of their restaurant, Border Grill, in Santa Monica, offer the tastes of coastal Mexico, including, according to one reviewer, "the greatest collection of taco recipes in print."

Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
The sub-heading for this book title is "a novel in monthly installments, with recipes, romances, and home remedies." It is a poignant, funny story of love, life, and food that proves that all are entertwined. Don't miss it for the story OR the recipes. 

And to keep the kids entertained while you are cooking up a storm, don't forget to pick up...

Dragons Love Tacos,
by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri  
Dragons love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. But one word of warning: Do not give the dragons any salsa!

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel,
by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
There is a taco shortage! The dragons are depressed. But...what if they went back in time, grabbed a handful of tacos, and brought them back to the present day? They could plant them, and soon they would have a plentiful taco harvest, because everyone knows that tacos grow on trees! As luck would have it, there's an old time travel machine in the garage...

Happy Taco Day!

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