Tamales, Comadres and the Meaning of Civilization: Secrets, Recipes, Anecdotes, and a Lot of Fun
Ellen Riojas Clark and Carmen Tafolla. San Antonio: Wings Press, 2011. 64 pp. $9.31. ISBN: 978-0-916727-81-9
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
by: Reviewed by Mary Donley

Section: Adult Book Reviews

Reviewed by Mary A. Donley, Bilingual Librarian, Tutor.com

This is a joyous ode to the biography, history and geography of making
tamales.  It is chock full of recipes and stories about family tamaladas' [evenings dedicated to making tamales].  There are even tips to help with buying tamales online – good for those who live in tamale deprived neighborhoods!  The book features tamales favored by famous people such as Sandra Cisneros who likes “the ones made in Central Mexico and shaped like Mexican feet”. 

This title is also available in e-book format.

Highly recommended for public libraries. A great selection for both adult and young adult readers.

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