Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona

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A collection of delicious Sonoran-style recipes from local restaurant experts and the author’s own original recipes, all inspired by the rich culture of Southern Arizona.

A cookbook dedicated to the foods inspired by the region’s beauty and diversity, Taste of Tucson discovers through recipes and photos the unique mix of cultures that create Southern Arizona’s incredible Sonoran-style cuisine. Award-winning photographer and cookbook author Jackie Alpers shares her own inspired recipe creations in this book as well as recipes for her favorite restaurants’ dishes, while incorporating the history of the region, the mysticism and lore, and how it has contributed to the food of the people who live there. Building from tried-and-true basics and tutorials on tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, and huevos rancheros, she divulges secrets to making the Tucson area’s most unique Sonoran style savories and sweets, including Chicken Mole Amarillo, Adobo Pulled Pork, Red Pozole, Dark Chocolate and Coffee Figgy Pudding Cakes, and more.
For cooks of all levels, from anywhere in the world who loves to dine on this Southwestern region’s foods, this cookbook welcomes you to bring the Sonoran region’s best and most iconic tastes into your own kitchen.

Reviews

“Jackie’s delicious book takes me back to Tucson, with each incredibly delicious recipe, tied to stories and wonderful characters.  It will connect you to the one and only place that Tucson is. What a delight!” Pati Jinich, Chef, Cookbook author and host of PBS Pati’s Mexican Table

Jackie’s Happy Plate blogger Alpers celebrates the cuisine of Tucson, Ariz., in this informative debut cookbook. Much of the fare is heavily inspired by Sonoran-style Mexican cuisine, and there are plenty of classics on offer, such as chunky guacamole, arroz con pollo, and Mexican street corn. Other tempting dishes include caldo de queso (potato and cheese soup), calabacitas con queso (cheesy squash with corn and tomatoes), and Sonora-style pico de gallo (fresh fruit and vegetables seasoned with chili and lime). Alpers also includes her own fun fusions, like matzalbondigas (she swaps the meatballs in the soup for matzo balls), and a Thai-Mex slaw spiked with a serrano chile. She also includes visual glossaries and helpful descriptions of staple ingredients, such as fresh and dried chiles (for ancho chilis, she writes, “Dried poblano chile with a sweet, fruity flavor and a mild heat level”) and Mexican-style cheese (cotija, she notes, is “crumbly and salty like grated parmesan”). Along the way, Alpers provides a history of Tucson and considers how the region’s past has influenced its cuisine (for the Cod Tlalpeño with chickpeas, she writes, “Chickpeas were introduced by the Spanish into the Southwest along the Rio Grande by 1630″). Fans of Southwestern cuisine will appreciate this flavorful recipe collection.” Publishers Weekly (Featured Review)

“Taste of Tucson is an inordinately fun and accessible guide to a distinctive regional American cuisine.” Foreword Reviews

“In addition to staples like cheese crisps, Alpers has an entire section on Mexican snack foods including El Guero’s Sonoran hot dogs, recipes for tostilocos and tostinachos, even a hot dog taco. This sets the book apart from previous Tucson cookbooks, which tend to focus on homestyle Mexican restaurants with servers and combo plates. (Although, the book does have some of that too.)” Arizona Daily Star

“Not just with regional appeal, this cookbook will find a welcome home among anyone looking to recreate Southwestern classics. Verdict: Highly recommended.” Library Journal

Five Arizona Cookbooks You Should Own: “If you’re looking for niche, Arizona-specific cuisine, Jackie Alpers focuses on Tucson-style Mexican favorites in Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona. Recipes include her chicken mole Amarillo recipe, a less sweet yet nuttier version of the classic Sonoran dish. Also, she includes pantry staples that are a must for this kind of cooking. Think chiltepin peppers, dried Mexican oregano, and masa flour. There are also recipes for tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, huevos rancheros, and of course dessert, meaning her dark chocolate coffee pudding cake.” Phoenix New Times

“Taste of Tucson is a bold, colorful collection of recipes that include Molletes, an open-faced breakfast sandwich, Cream of avocado soup, and Shrimp with creamy goat cheese-poblano sauce. Jackie’s recipes are packed with a flavor punch and I am eyeing the Desert dessert nachos and Potato salad with chile-lime vinaigrette and red onion.” Eat Your Books

Taste of Tucson is A Certified Tucson City of Gastronomy Recommended Cookbook


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There’s been a ton of fantastic press about the book, including articles from: Food Network.com, The Food Network, Taste of Home Magazine, Parade Magazine, Leite’s Culinaria, The New Jersey Star-Ledger, The Sun Journal, Library Journal, The Daily Meal,  BuzzFeed Food, Delish,  Bakepedia,  The Cake Journal,  Cupcake Rehab, Yum Sugar & Chaat Magazine. Visit The Official Sprinkles! Facebook Page and the News & Press section of this website for a full list with links.

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