Sugar Taco at Home: Plant-Based Mexican Recipes from Our L.A. Restaurant

Countryman. Apr. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781682688816. $35. COOKING
In their first cookbook, the team behind Los Angeles taco chain Sugar Taco (model and activist Nicole and chefs Alan and Nina Campos) share the secrets to their success delivering sustainable plant-based Mexican food that can be recreated in the home kitchen. “Saving the world one taco at a time” is the vision of vegan friends who dreamed of sharing their talents and principles without losing the flavor or fun. Their meatless bases and various salsa and crema recipes are the building blocks for creating a variety of mouthwatering Mexican classics like al pastor tacos and chicharrones. Bright food styling and page layouts reflect the restaurant’s design aesthetic and true-to-their-message “Cook with Compassion” vignettes share the ethics of cooking without animal products. Readers may be annoyed by the book’s organization, as key recipes for meat substitutes are buried in the side dishes chapter, but a well-placed bookmark solves the problem. Fun, approachable, and faithful interpretations of taco shop classics for all levels of home chefs.
VERDICT A true reflection of the Sugar Taco brand provides the home chef with conscientious, earth-friendly, and delicious vegan Mexican food.
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