Masa Cookbook Review

Masa Cookbook Review

Title: Masa: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple
Author: Jorge Gaviria
Published: September 13, 2022, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 240
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover, $13.79 Kindle

They say that the more you learn about a subject, the more interesting it becomes. That is certainly the case with Masa: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple. The first few chapter focus on history, uses, and even making your own masa from corn. While this is actually fascinating, what comes next is the recipes using masa, and they are worth making.

Of course there are step-by-step instructions for mixing the masa for making tortillas, along with beautiful photographs so both beginning and advanced cooks can successfully make beautiful tortillas. Who knew that so many diverse dishes could be made with simple masa, which, incidentally doesn’t need to be made from scratch – it can be purchased ready-made at Latin grocery stores, as well as the masa flour in regular grocery stores on the Latin aisle.

This cookbook includes everything you ever wanted to know about masa, and much, much more. Unfortunately, however, the cookbook doesn’t include recipes for fillings and toppings; it has suggestions, but you are on your own for preparing toppings such as picadillo, roasted meats, etc. For anyone serious about using masa to make tortillas, appetizers, and Latin-type dishes from all over the world, it is a “must have” book.

All told, this book belongs on the cookbook shelf of any serious cook who wants to learn and plans on cooking dishes from Latin countries.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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