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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
Paperback, 207 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Rio Nuevo Publishers (first published May 30th 2006)
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Jul 23, 2008 Veronica Perez-Picasso rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 05, 2016 Terri rated it it was ok
Interesting to me mostly because the author is writing about her life in Las Cruces, New Mexico and New Mexico is my adopted home. It's also different that she bases her memoir around food and especially the taco. I learned a few things (like that tacos can be rolled-I thought those were taquitos), but overall I just didn't like the book much. It's very repetitive and covers some aspects of her life multiple times. It also feels like she sat and just wrote out random thoughts as they occurred to ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Rachelle rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jul 01, 2008 Dawn rated it liked it
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!
Jun 19, 2009 Martha rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2015 Joann rated it really liked it
A lovely memoir, growing up in Las Cruces when it was much smaller--family stories, recipes and poetry. Charming local history for me.
Jan 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: half-read
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.
Dec 06, 2008 Natalia rated it really liked it
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.
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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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