Tamales are one of my favorite foods from my childhood. I remember huge get togethers during the holidays where you had a kitchen full of people making tamales for hours! As an adult, I still associate making tamales with friends, family, and fun, but also with a lot of work. I’ll admit, no one step is particuarly hard, but put it all together and you better make dozens of dozens, because you won’t have time to make these for a few months! With the time suck staring me in the face, I rarely make tamales, opting for easier dishes that don’t take up my only day off!!!
With that thought in mind, I jumped at the opportunity for take a look at “Tamales” by Alice Guadalupe Tapp.
The book is a really great intro into how tamales are made, the various ways to wrap your corn husks or banana leaves, diagrams, and soo many recipes! The book is neatly arranged into different categories, with an entire section on the various types of masa, how to make common sauces, and the protein type (seafood, meat, vegetable, dessert). The recipes are fast, easy to follow, and showcase the variety of things that you can do with tamales. However, overall this book just fell flat. I was hoping it would be innovative about how to shorten the time to make tamales, but I was disappointed. Recipes still have several hours to make the fillings and then the shortened time only is because you make a dozen (which are still steamed for 55 mins). So for a variety of tamale recipes the book is useful, for actually shortening the time (and therefore making me more likely to make them) it does not follow through.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.