Spice Up Your Celebrations with Mexican Tastes
for Halloween and Día de Los Muertos
The end of October and start of November bring Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations. A passel of new books provide dozens of recipes for Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes that can be prepared quickly and easily to feed those hungry revelers. Be sure to stop by Casa Latina on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley for a fresh-baked pan de muerto (Day of the Dead bread): This fluffy, yellow, bread-y cake sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar is delicious with a warm cup of Mexican hot chocolate!
Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A.
by Wesley Avila with Richard Parks III
(Ten Speed Press, 2017)
Wes Avila’s Taco Truck is well-known in Los Angeles for its unconventional and incredibly delicious tacos. In his new cookbook, Avila shares 50 of his best recipes along with encouragement for being creative with your own tacos at home. Avila draws on ingredients not often associated with tacos, like golden beets in a tostada, which taste delicious and can come together with minimal preparation and few ingredients. The book is also an absorbing narrative about Avila’s life growing up in East Los Angeles, the way his mother inspired his cooking, and his circuitous path to developing a taco truck business.
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