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I bought this book because my husband is from California and the number one thing he missed was authentic Mexican street tacos, so I thought this book would be perfect. Not so much.
The recipes have multiple complicated steps. And normally I'd be fine with that, but the book is poorly edited: Recipes span across multiple pages (broken up by big pictures) so if you usually read while cooking you will be stuck flipping back and forth constantly. Steps run into each other with no clear breaks. (The steps for boiling potatoes for one of the taco fillings started in the Salsa section and I almost missed it!) Also, a lot of the recipes are meant for BIG crowds, so you will have to work ahead of time to reduce the recipes if you're just trying to cook for your family. The recipes also include ingredients that a basic home chef won't have easy access to (Seriously? Boar?? Sea Urchin???)
I'm a grown woman. Obviously I can read ahead, follow steps, do math, and google a sub for boar...but ALL of these things added together when you're just trying to whip up a fun weekend dinner is too much.
If you're an LA Foodie that's cool with using every dish in the house and you want pretty pictures, fun stories, and bragging rights - get the book If you're a working mom from Georgia that has to go to three different stores just to find real serrano chiles - skip it