Taco Testimony Meditations on Family, Food and Culture

ISBN-10: 1887896945

ISBN-13: 9781887896948

Edition: 2006

Authors: Denise Chavez

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Acclaimed author/actress Denise Chávez explores the history, lore, and preparation of tacosand other art formsin a warm and exuberant memoir, with recipes. "Tacos are sacred to me," writes Chávez, who's set many a fictional scene in a Southwestern restaurant or around a dinner table. And here are her special recipes, including her mother's Tacos a la Delfina ("I swear these tacos are really good cold!") and Granma Lupe's Pasta (not macaroni but a savory mincemeat-like taco filling). Here, too, are tips on shopping, cooking, and serving: "Offer up the meal with gratitude and remember: Tacos are one of life's greatest things!" "We live in chile country," she adds. "We are blessed to be here. Food is more than food; it's a culture. And tacos are more than tacos." Chile country is the setting for Chávez's magical, tragicomic fiction. And in A Taco Testimony she also tells wonderful stories that connect literature with culture and food with life along the Mexican-American border. "Time and love are the essence of all Mexican cooking," Chávez saysincluding her spicy, juicy writing, and this feast of a book.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Rio Nuevo Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Denise Chavez's books include Face of an Angel (FSG, 1994), which won the American Book Award. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her husband.

To the Reader
The Blue Room and the Nights at the Round Table
Pinata Parties with Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches
Tacos with the Three Magi
Entremeses/Hors D'Oeuvres
The Never-Ending Gift of Tacos
Delfina, Mas Tacos!
Tacos, Tacos, Tacos
Tacos de Sobritas/Leftover Tacos
Comida de Casa/Homemade Food
Tacos and Burritos: So Close and Yet So Far
What Constitutes a Taco?
An Expert in Taco-ology
Food of the People
Diego Rivera and a Table Full of Shoes
A Grito and a Song of Longing
Sopa Caldosa/Hot Soup
El Toque/The Touch
Mexican-Not Spanish-Rice
When in Paris
The Nun's Diary
Sopa Seca/Rice or Pasta
Every City's Tacos
Soft Meat Tacos
The Two Grandmothers
A Family of Feet
Salad Memories
When Tacos Are Tacos
The Word Taco
Tacos Throughout
The Night of the Tacos
La Macha Grande
Plato Fuerte/Main Course
In Praise of Tacos
The Old Rascal
Midnight Rides and a Set of Nasty-Looking False Teeth
Taco Times: Through Thick and Pretty Thin
Questions Left Unanswered
The Chicken Lady
Manteca Vieja
Tacos after 50
The Memory of Tacos Past
A Taco Testimony
Marshmallow Surprise
Capirotada sin Verguenza
Desenpanse/After-Dinner Digestif
Mejor Unos Tacos
Culture with a Capital C
Missss Rede!
List of Recipes
Mil Gracias!
Acknowledgments/List of Photographs
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