Many people are surprised to find out that we don't just cook Cuban. Yes, we actually enjoy dishes from many countries. Of course, we do have a natural affinity to Spanish and Latin-American cuisines. The Santa Fe style of cooking, an amalgam of Spanish, Native American, Mexican, Southwest, and New Age cuisine has always intrigued us. When we want to "kick it up a notch" on the hot and spicy meter, we like to cook Mexican food. And we love tacos and freshly prepared salsas.
A new book from the Santa Fe School of Cooking has re-energized our taco skills and given us a new appreciation for the flavors of the Southwest. We especially enjoy the variety of inspired salsas -- everything from roasted corn and Anasazi bean to cherry pistachio. For our Cuban audience, the grilled pineapple and grapefruit-orange salsas are right up your alley, offering flavors and a heat level that isn't far removed from Cuban cuisine.
Two taco recipes really knocked our socks off: Hot and Smoky Shrimp Tacos and Roasted Wild Mushroom Tacos with Queso Fresco. Not classically Mexican, these fusion dishes really deliver some unique flavors. We were also delighted to find a recipe in the book for apple pie tacos -- again, we never saw this one in Mexico, but what a great idea for dessert!
Salsas and Tacos is a nice little book in a beautiful package with enticing photographs and easy-to-follow instructions. A perfect gift for the food lover and at this price, why not buy several and make several people happy?
Also recommended: "Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban" and "Three Guys From Miami Celebrate Cuban."