Whether you’re an experienced taco fan, a food truck enthusiast, a Mexican food lover or totally new to the taco craze, Tacopedia looks set to be your one definitive go to taco guide. Prepare to learn everything there is to know about tacos, from taco culture to taco recipes.
Originally released in Mexico in 2012, written by Déborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena, we have got some making up to do with this first English version, due to be released by Phaidon at the end of September.
With 100 recipes from fillings and tortillas to salsas and sauces, Tacopedia has got it all covered to ensure that you are armed with the necessary skills to create your own perfect tacos.
Far from being just a cook book, taco's vibrant culture and traditions are captured around Mexico and bought to life in 250 photographs along with interviews, stories, illustrations, graphics and maps.
The photo below shows Suadero Tacos from Tacopedia:
This illustrated map from Tacopedia shows which tacos are best and where, state by state:
Mexican food has become increasingly popular with acclaimed chefs sitting up and taking notice. Tacopedia even includes a foreword bythe top Danish chef, Rene Redzepiwhere his love of Mexican food is evident.
Redzepi remembers his first bite of an authentic taco in Mexico, “I sunk my teeth in. Immediately I felt the tenderness, the rich umami character of the meat. And the tortilla! It was sweet and smoky, with a gentle chew to it, like a good sourdough bread. Suddenly the spice from the habaneros hit me, kept in check by the sweet, succulent pineapple."
Mouth watering stuff. If you can't wait to get started on your Tacos, Tacopedia can be pre-ordered through the publisher Phaidon. Click here.
See this enjoyable video below to be reminded of Rene Redzepi cooking with David Chang in the kitchen: