Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.: A Cookbook

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Apr. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781984826855. $26. COOKING
Trejo has ascended from veteran actor to established restaurateur, with Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts becoming must-visit Los Angeles institutions. In this cookbook, he shares 75 of his favorite recipes, from his signature donuts to margaritas, and everything you’d eat in between. For many recipes, he begins with a “master recipe” based on the type of meat featured, which can be repurposed in various ways, including tacos, bowls, and burritos. Vegetarians and vegans should not fret as many of the tacos, entrees, and sauces feature plant-based ingredients. There are even some surprises, like chicken tikka tacos and an entire chapter on “Food That Isn’t a Taco.” Vivid photographs by Anderson are featured throughout. Also included are autobiographical reflections on the actor’s life, along with helpful advice on cooking and ingredient selection.
VERDICT Readers will find Trejo’s cookbook, like his acting roles, to be a solid effort which does not hold back nor disappoint.

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