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A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture

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Acclaimed author/actress Denise Chavez explores the history, lore, and preparation of tacos--and other art forms--in a warm and exuberant memoir, with recipes.
"Tacos are sacred to me," writes Chavez, who's set many a fictional scene in a Southwestern restaurant or around a dinner table. And here are her special recipes, including her mother's Tacos a la Delfina ("I swear...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Rio Nuevo Publishers (first published May 30th 2006)
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Veronica Perez-Picasso
it was nice to read another of her books. it made me feel like i was having a conversation with a comadre. it made me feel close to denise and identify with her story.
Tami
It's so very true that you never really value what you have until it's gone. Such is the tone of A Taco Testimony. Like many of us, much of the author's life was spent wanting to get away from her small hometown and well away from her family. She wanted a life of her own where she could define who she wanted to be and where she could be a shining star.

Fortunately, as being part of a family seems to do, the author could never quite shake off who she was, where she came from, and those that loved...more
Rachelle
I liked the idea of this book more than the book itself, but there's not much wrong with it. Miss Chavez does not have an exceptionally interesting story to tell, but perhaps that is the beauty of it. It isn't so much a biography as it is a celebration of culture and family. The non-linear storytelling sometimes added to the book's charm and other times detracted from it.

The recipes were not what I was expecting, in both good ways and bad ways. Good because they gave an amusing perspective to Mi...more
Dawn
I applaud the author's examination of how identity, comfort and love are all inextricably linked with the foods of our families. However, I think that there comes a point when the musings seem a bit repetitive. I'll be trying the recipes however!
Jennifer
Liked the idea, however, did not enjoy the style in which it was presented. Incorporation of the taco theme was overdone and empty. Disappointed to have to give up on this one part way through.
Martha
The only thing that would have made this book better was if Ms. Chavez had read it aloud to me - oh and a taco or two would have helped too. A delicious book
Natalia
If you love your mother's cooking, no matter your culture, this is a wonderful celebration that will take you into the layers of her recipes.
Wendy
Such an intimate voice -- and I can't wait to try the recipes.
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Denise Elia Chavez (born August 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, and stage director. She was born to an Hispano family in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States, and graduated from Madonna High School in Mesilla. She received her Bachelor's from New Mexico State University and Master's degrees in Dramatic Arts from Trinity University. While in college, she began writing dramatic works....more
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“Remember the past, but don't get lost back there. Celebrate the blessings of the past in the present, but remember to live today. Today is built on the past and tomorrow is evolving from both the past and the present. The future? Quien sabe? Hopefully, there will always be tacos” 1 likes
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