Review: Tacolicious by Sara Deseran

Tacos and all things Mexican related are staples in our food habits around here. A week without tacos is just too long. Granted, most of what we cook is pretty Americanized, but it is still yummy. Not too long ago, I even made a mac and cheese dish with a Mexican flair to it. So, show me a book called Tacolicious, and I’m probably going to want it for my cookbook shelf. 

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**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

A collection of recipes for fun, accessible taqueria fare–including colorful salsas, tasty snacks, irresistible cocktails, and of course tacos galore–from the wildly popular San Francisco restaurants and acclaimed Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market food stand, Tacolicious. Tacos may be the most universally loved, happy-making food on earth. After all, who can say no to a juicy, spicy Chile verde taco; a decadently deep-fried Baja-style fish taco; or a gloriously porky Carnitas taco? At Tacolicious, the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular Mexican restaurant, tacos are a way of life. And now, in this hotly anticipated cookbook, co-owner Sara Deseran shares all of the restaurant’s tortilla-wrapped secrets. Whether you’re seeking quick and easy weeknight meals or inspiration for a fabulous fiesta, Tacolicious has you covered. With recipes for showstopping salsas, crave-worthy snacks, cocktails and mocktails, and, of course, tacos galore, this festive collection is chock-full of real Mexican flavor—with a delicious California twist.

Before I really get into the review, I need to rave about the look of this book. Without even opening the pages, I just felt this would be one of my favorite books on the shelf. The food on the cover looks amazing, and the texture of the cover is wonderful. It reminds me of an old book. The kind of cookbook you would have bought 50 years ago. The cover has a woven look to it and isn’t glossy. I love it!

The table of contents in the beginning is quite well put together. Where a number of cookbooks just give you categories, this one gives you the categories, but then lists out the recipes you will find. This book as recipes for Salsas, Pickles, Snacks/Sides, Tacos, Cocktails, Syrups, Agua Frescas as well as a few other things.

Flipping through this book makes my mouth water. Most of these recipes involve ingredients that would be pretty easy to find in most supermarkets. The steps are well are explained and the techniques don’t seem overly complicated. A number of the recipes also offer simple variations. Also, anecdotes are included throughout the book–stories about where the idea for a recipe came from, a fun story about a little girl accidentally eating a habanero, and notes about the restaurant that inspired the book.

All the recipes are incorporated with a variety of pictures. Some of the food themselves, other pictures depict food prep or other Mexican restaurants.

I love the variety within the pages of this book.  I also appreciate some of the helpful notes about technique and ingredients. A few other bonuses in the back of the book include some resources on where to order fresh ingredients for the recipes in this book. You will also find a list of restaurants in California and Mexico that the writers of this cookbook love. I’ll be keeping those recommendations in mind if I ever find myself near one of those restaurants.


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