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Cookbook Review: Tamales, Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals by Alice Guadalupe Tapp

Twenty years ago Alice Guadalupe Tapp opened her tamale store in Los Angeles. And thirteen years ago she wrote Tamales 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Traditional Tamales. Now she has a wonderful new book Tamales: Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals. How can you not love tamales? Eating them is love for sure. But making…

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TBT Cookbook Review: Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking by Julie Sahni

“Can you bring some Saag Paneer?” our friend Charles asked me. “Let me write that down,” I said. I had answered the phone and Charles had invited us to a party with an Indian theme. I was just taking notes. Suzen is the chef. “Just tell her saag with spinach. She’ll know,” Charles finished. When…

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Cookbook Review: 1000 Spanish Recipes by Penelope Casas

Writing about a masterpiece cookbook — and 1000 Spanish Recipes is surely that — is just a joyful experience. To discover such a book and share it with our readers here is simply fun. Today, though, there is a patina of sadness in this review, for the author Penelope Casas passed away even before this…

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Cookbook Review: Proof, The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers

  Our lives are filled with assumptions, including big assumptions about our knowledge of our world and ourselves. None of us can begin to absorb more than a fraction of the world’s knowledge, but it is all out there: just Google something and see that there are 1,000,000 hits. We may not know everything yet,…

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