Salsas and Tacos: Santa Fe School of Cooking Hardcover – Apr 1 2006
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This charmer of a cookbook is dedicated to the crowd-pleasing duo of salsa and tacos in all its spicy glory. Starting with a brief tutorial on chiles and other southwestern ingredients, the collection then offers 24 salsas, each a lesson in creativity. Jicama-Watermelon Salsa begs to be paired with fish or shrimp straight from the grill, while earthy Roasted Pepper Rajas work tasty miracles on a chicken sandwich. The author suggests using Bing Cherry-Pistachio Salsa to complement a holiday meal: a fine idea, but why stop there? Atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it becomes an unusual and invigorating dessert. The taco selection is brief but well edited; Hot and Smoky Shrimp Tacos are simple but fiery, and Baja-Style Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mayonnaise taste like they just arrived from Cabo San Lucas. Carne Asada is a bigger production: a sirloin steak marinated in garlic and chiles, served alongside various salsas and tortillas. It's more involved than a simple taco, but it's the perfect recipe to show off the complexity and spice of Santa Fe cuisine.
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About the Author
Susan Curtis, owner of the school, is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and of Les Dame d'Escoffier.
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A new book from the Santa Fe School of Cooking has re-energized our taco skills and given us a new appreciation for the flavors of the Southwest. We especially enjoy the variety of inspired salsas -- everything from roasted corn and Anasazi bean to cherry pistachio. For our Cuban audience, the grilled pineapple and grapefruit-orange salsas are right up your alley, offering flavors and a heat level that isn't far removed from Cuban cuisine.
Two taco recipes really knocked our socks off: Hot and Smoky Shrimp Tacos and Roasted Wild Mushroom Tacos with Queso Fresco. Not classically Mexican, these fusion dishes really deliver some unique flavors. We were also delighted to find a recipe in the book for apple pie tacos -- again, we never saw this one in Mexico, but what a great idea for dessert!
Salsas and Tacos is a nice little book in a beautiful package with enticing photographs and easy-to-follow instructions. A perfect gift for the food lover and at this price, why not buy several and make several people happy?
Also recommended: "Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban" and "Three Guys From Miami Celebrate Cuban."