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Taco Night with Recipes by Alex Stupak

On Sunday, the Boston Area Cookbook Club took on Taco Night –  Alex Stupak Style. Tacos: Recipes and Provocations came out in 2015. It caught my eye. On one had, img_20161109_101855tacos are ubiquitous creations where anything eaten in a folded tortilla earns the name taco. Yet, this cookbook gets rave reviews (like this one on Food52). Several ‘Best of’ lists also lauded lauded it in 2015 (like this one from Epicurious).  So, does that make this book a conundrum, oxymoron or just confused?

As a kid, tacos usually meant tearing open an envelope of ‘taco seasoning; and dumping it over cooked ground beef. We loaded the greasy, beefy, salty mixture into the bottom of a stale taco shell that might sat on a grocery store shelf for weeks… months… years. We topped it off with shredded, yellow, generic cheese, chopped iceberg lettuce, jarred salsa and a splash of hot sauce. Sometimes, diced tomatoes or sour cream made an appearance.

Inevitably, the grease soaked through the bottom of the shell making a soggy mess. Often resulting in something more like a nachos than a tacos. Continue reading Taco Night with Recipes by Alex Stupak

So, You Started a Cookbook Club

Sometime ago I read an article on Serious Eats titled “Why Cookbook Clubs Should Be the New Way We Entertain,” and it sounded awesome. To summarize, a Cookbook Club it isn’t much more than hosting a potluck with enthusiastic strangers who love cooking, cookbooks and eating where each person brings a dish from a selected cookbook or cookbook theme.

 

Despite cries from the publishing industry about dropping sales and proclamations about the death of the printed book. And, despite Elizabeth G. Dunn lamenting that cooking from cookbooks isn’t actually easy in her Atlantic article “The Myth of Easy Cooking“, sales of physical cookbooks are soaring (at least according to this article).  So, I figured creating a Cookbook Club was a no-brainer way to gather with other cookbook lovers for regular cooking and eating adventures.

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