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Tortillas to the Rescue: Scrumptious Snacks, Mouth-Watering Meals and Delicious Desserts--All Made with the Amazing Tortilla Paperback – August 28, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!!)
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.
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.
-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are better Mexican cook books out there. Easy to follow recipes but the more complicated recipes taste better. I expected more in a cookbook.Published 23 months ago by Joseph Parrette
Easy to follow directions using common ingredients with very tasy results. Diverse recipes for all types of tortillas. Great snacksPublished on December 23, 2012 by Gayle Russell
This is a well written little book with lots of good, wholesome ideas for meals built around the tortilla. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Harold
If you are experimenting with cooking more Mexican meals, this book is definitely for you..simple and unconventional along with some traditional fare as well..Published on December 9, 2012 by Belle
Haven't had much of a chance to read or try any of the recipies I've been in the hospital so no review yetPublished on November 20, 2012 by Linda Congleton
Having read the paperback version of this delightfully written cookbook, the first thing that comes to mind is often "Why wasn't I doing this for my family yet? Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by Z mom
We got into the habit of keeping tortillas on hand once out older kids got braces, as regular taco shells caused them problems. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Durdengirl
There are several things I love about this book. First it surprised me with so many clever ideas; I kept thinking to myself "I never would have thought of that. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Charlie K.