Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, it rocks. And you can have it for free too!A few months ago I had the honor of meeting the lovely, Shirley Solis, in person. It was then that I learned about her book, "Not Just Tacos". She told me about how she decided to write the book after many, many people assumed that she was Mexican. She is actually from Ecuador, not Mexico. We talked about how much of our culture equates the Latin cultures to eating tacos. To tell you the truth I'd never thought much past tacos, enchiladas, burritos, salsa.. you get the idea. That is, until I met Shirley. I remember thumbing through her book as she pointed out the countries that were more influenced by other cultures like Portugal, France, and Spain. (And many more..) She has inspired me to start cooking a new dish once a week so that my family can try out some new foods from new areas. We're going to be festive--you should know that Shirley gives ideas on that too. I will post what we try this week on the Joy Comes in the Morning facebook page with pictures. If YOU make some then please post your pictures there too! I'd love to see them. Let's look at some page samples..
TABLE OF CONTENTS - This picture shows only five of 22 countries.
Aren't these pages GORGEOUS? This is the first page of the Dominican Republic (p. 75) and it talks about the capital, geographical information, languages spoken, etc.
This is an example of a Dominican meal (and likely our first meal we'll have from the book). The instructions are very straight-forward, taking out the guesswork that you can sometimes find in ethnic meals you may not be accustomed to making. The serving size, prep time, and total time it should take to finish are all included.
If you don't believe me (and you totally should because anyone who knows me knows that I do not review or endorse products I don't like) then here's what others have to say:
A word from Shirley:I am feeling pretty lucky too.... she signed my copy and it says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good!" I bet in a week or two when I hold a contest on here for a free hard copy of the book that she'll do the same for you! (Stay tuned for more info on that.)