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About the Author

Jessica Goldbogen Harlan has always had a passion for food and cooking that dates back to her childhood when she enjoyed the disparate cuisines of her New Mexican and Jewish heritages and when making the family dinner was one of her weekly chores. After getting a degree in rhetoric from the University of Illinois, she revisited her love for food by getting a job as an assistant editor for a gourmet food trade magazine. Later, she moved to New York City and attended the Institute of Culinary Education to get a thorough education in professional cooking. Currently, Jessica is the Cooking Equipment Guide for About.com and writes a regular kitchen tools column and recipe for Clean Eating magazine. She has written about food, cooking and kitchen products for Town & Country, Pilates Style, Arthritis Today, Consumers Digest, Time Out New York and Mobil Travel Guide, among others.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612431003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612431000
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessica Goldbogen Harlan has always had a passion for food and cooking that dates back to her childhood when she enjoyed the disparate cuisines of her New Mexican and Jewish heritages. Making the family dinner was one of her weekly chores, and she loved inventing crazy recipes with her best friend for their afternoon snacks.

After getting a degree in rhetoric from the University of Illinois, she revisited her love for food by getting a job as an assistant editor for a gourmet food trade magazine. Later, she moved to New York City and attended the Institute of Culinary Education to get a thorough education in professional cooking.

Currently, Jessica is the Cooking Equipment Guide for About.com and writes a regular kitchen tools column and recipe for Clean Eating magazine. She has written about food, cooking and kitchen products for Town & Country, Tasting Table, Pilates Style, Arthritis Today, Consumers Digest, Time Out New York and Mobil Travel Guide, among others.

She also teaches cooking to both children and adults.

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"Tortillas to the Rescue" is a fantastic collection of both traditional styles of using tortillas, coupled with truly imaginative, fun, and yummy new ways to create dishes for all occasions with these versatile flatbreads! Not only were the recipes themselves great, but Jessica Harlan writes in an engaging way that makes you feel like you're sitting down with her in the kitchen, talking friend-to-friend.

I especially appreciated her directions in the back on how to make different styles of your own tortillas. Several members of my family are allergic to yeast, and this way we can ensure that there's no yeast or preservatives in our tortillas.

Other things to appreciate: Since my family tend to be "food adventurers" I really like that she adds ideas on variations in the recipes. Harlan also gives kid-friendly recipes and kid-friendly variations for more adult fare (those that are spicy or involve alcohol).

My only wish for "something more" was for photos showing the steps to make tortilla cups and bowls, and especially for "how to roll a burrito". Having rolled burros for *years*, I know it can be a bit more difficult to get the hang of it if you can't *see* the steps.

Harlan certainly has given me some new favorite recipes! Some (but by no means all) are Eggs in a Hole, Avocado and Leek Omelet Wrap, Shortcut Blintzes, Tortilla Soup, BLTA Tacos, Shrimp Po' Boy Wraps, Burger Pouches, Broccoli-Cheddar Quiche, Mushroom Tart, Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels, Ice Cream Sundaes in Coco Tortilla Bowls, Nutella (r) Quesadillas, Tortilla-Lime Bark, and Cream Filled Cardamon Tortilla Bites. Everything from Appetizers, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, to Dessert!!

Highly recommend this!! Fun for nearly anyone who has ever been in the kitchen, and I think especially useful for busy cooks and parents looking for easy, interesting ideas to feed their kids. Makes a great gift, too!! (I've got some of *my* Christmas shopping done now!!)
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Format: Paperback
Tortillas to the Rescue is a well but together guide to help you incorporate the tortilla into your family's meals even if they aren't fans of traditional Mexican recipes. Ms. Harlan introduces readers to a ton of unique ways to use what seems to be such a plain little bread product. If you aren't familiar with tortillas, the book has a nice introduction to discuss the background, nutrition and storage of tortillas. The book also has several ideas on how to warm up a tortilla. I always just wrap in foil and throw in the oven but I think I am going to try grilling them next time.

The cookbook is divided into meal type so you have basic categories like breakfast, starters, and snacks but there are also a couple of unique chapters I would not have considered. There is a soup section where the author teaches you how to make tortilla strips to put on top of your soup and a whole chapter dedicated to meatless main dishes. Since I am trying to find some unique vegetarian meals this was a big hit with me. The other chapter that I was really drawn to was the desert chapter. I have never considered using tortilla as a desert ingredient but they sound simple and incredibly tasty!

There is a nice balance of recipes in this cookbook. Some have a traditional Mexican flair to them but others (like the hamburger wraps, yum!) are classic American with a twist. Some have a few more ingredients than others but they are all pretty simple and straightforward. If I could change anything about this cookbook it would be to add pictures. I always prefer cookbooks with pictures so I know what my recipe should look like! Overall, though, I loved this cookbook and will be stocking up on tortillas now that I have been inspired!

Disclaimer: I was provided one copy of this cookbook at no charge to facilitate my review however all opinions are my own.
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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book and liked a number of the recipes. The book begins by talking about the different types of tortillas and even their nutrient values and how to store them. It didn't give the glycemic index or load, however. I found this most helpful. Also, it gives the history of the tortilla.

Most of the recipes are simple and don't require lots of ingredients. What I didn't like, however, was that it doesn't give the calories per serving or any of the micro-nutrient values of the recipes. In today's health conscious world, this is important. And, to be sure, some of the ingredients are not what a lot of diet conscious folks would want.

The book contains recipes for every meal plus dessert. I found it unique and very useful. My only complaint is that it didn't provide the calories and other nutrient values for the recipes.

Recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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Like the author, we ALWAYS have tortillas -- small ones, big ones, flour ones, corn ones -- in our refrigerator. When the day is getting late and nothing else is prepared, it becomes taco night. What I love about Jessica's cookbook "Tortillas to the Rescue" is that it encompasses recipes for all of the usual reasons you would use tortillas but also takes you beyond the everyday ordinary taco or quesadilla. We loved the Shrimp and Black Bean Casserole recipe, and have thoughts to actually use it as a dip instead of a main course for our next party. All three of my boys (ages 4-12) asked for seconds and then even took some for school lunch the next day. We also had two thumbs up from the kids for Nutella Quesadillas, but they preferred them without the raspberry, or my favorite fig jam, added. We absolutely loved the Grilled Salmon Tostadas with Avocado Sauce, and I have that planned again for later in the week.

We did try the Chili Dog wraps, and I think I'll stick to a regular bun next time. Tortillas do in a pinch, but we just prefer the bready bun to soak in more chili. And honestly, the buns with my brood are a little less messy.

We're looking forward to trying out more recipes as well with the Green Chile Creamed Corn with Blue Corn Chip Topping next on our list.

This cookbook is a great resource for quick and easy recipes to use with a kitchen staple, or at least a staple in my house. The same author also has a cookbook using Quinoa, which I can't wait to get. Additionally, check out Jessica's website Our Weekly Eats on Tumblr for another source for great ideas!

Also, full disclosure, I received this cookbook free from the publisher.
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