Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Just Tacos by Shelley Wiseman

Title: Just Tacos
Author: Shelley Wiseman
Publisher: Taunton Press
Release date: October 18th, 2011
Length: 176 pages
I got this book: from the publisher for review through NetGalley

From Goodreads:
"Once a staple of Mexican street food, tacos have crossed the border to great popularity. Taco’s endless variety of great-tasting flavors satisfies any time of day—in all kinds of ways. Convenient, portable, and affordable, tacos are equally welcome at a dinner party, for brunch, or as an afternoon snack. Just Tacos celebrates this versatility with 100 original recipes featuring beef, pork, lamb, seafood, vegetables, breakfast ingredients, and more. Easy-to-make and easy-to-eat, adults, teens, and kids can all try their hand at turning out a tasty taco (or making their own tortillas), whether it’s filled with ethnic ingredients or pantry staples. And in these pages tacos don’t go it alone—information-packed sidebars offer up excellent salsas, sauces, fun drinks, and solid how-to techniques. Just Tacos is a great showcase for this much-loved comfort food."

Personal opinion:
All though I often review books on vegetarian or vegan cooking, I couldn't resist a book about all kinds of tacos. I wasn't disappointed because this is a very complete book on the subject. It explains with clear pictures how to make your own (flavoured) tortillas and has a whole chapter on vegetarian taco fillings. To make it even better, it also includes explanations on products that are typical for the Mexican pantry, all with clear picture instructions. It is a book that does deliver what it promises and I think it is a must have for every taco lover because it offers a lot of original ideas on the subject.

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Of course I also tried a recipe. I don't eat fish very often, but I still do on occasion, so this time I picked out a recipe with fish because I was intrigued by the combination. I tried and made this together with a friend who loves fish. I do have to say though, that if you choose to eat fish, make sure you check where it came from to minimise the strain that is on the environment.I personally think that is very important!

Asian Tuna Tacos:
- flour tortillas
- 450 gram Tuna steaks
- 3tbsp olive oil
- sesame seeds
- salt

For the wasabi mayonnaise:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1tbsp wasabi
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp sugar

Serve with: avocado, scallions, cilantro and/or radish sprouts.

For the wasabi mayonnaise just toss all the ingredients together and stir. Taste for seasoning and set aside in the fridge. Pat the tuna dry with paper towels and season with salt. Put the sesame seeds on a plate and coat both sides of the steak by pressing the tuna on the plate. Add oil in a pan (or use a panini maker!) and sear the tuna when the oil is hot about 2 minutes a side. Wrap them up in the flour tortillas with some veggies and the wasabi mayonnaise.

It was a good combination taste wise, but the book says it is for about 8 to 12 tacos while we had trouble even filling up 4. Other than that this is a very tasty recipe.

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  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

    I love tacos - so I think this would be the perfect book for me to review --- and I think I might make them for dinner tonight :)

  2. I adore tacos and the combo of tuna with wasabi sounds heavenly. I tend to make the same ground meat version over and over so getting out of rut might be nice.

  3. I love tacos, ever since I lived a few years in Arizona. I never think of making variations, but this book sounds like has some really good ideas that would be nice to try.

  4. I think I could live on taco's alone, so many great fillings these days. The tuna looks so good. I have to check this book out, thanks!

  5. I'm happy to see that this cookbook has a good amount of recipes for vegetarian fillings. It is just my husband and I at home right now, and tacos is a great meal for us :)

  6. thank you for sharing, tacos are so easy to cook and you can vary up the menu with different ingredients.

  7. Mmmm...just tacos is (are) all I need! I'll keep my eye out for this one, I know I'd love it. Your tacos sound delicious.

  8. I have this book too but I have read/reviewed it yet. I love tacos but haven't eaten too many fish tacos. Your's looks delicious.