Beautifully written, amazing recipes
The intro to the book really draws you and makes you appreciate the tradition behind tamales - so much more than good food. I enjoyed learning about the deep rooted traditions and personal stories.
As far as the cookbook portion, it will never be considered a basic tamale cookbook. While the recipes are very complex - the result is amazing flavors, colors and aromas. In my opinion it's worth the time and effort to follow the lengthy ingredient list and cooking instructions.
ProsGreat stories of the traditions
ConsThere are no basic instructions, every recipe is built on layers and layers of flavor
There is a lot of flipping back and forth, as each recipe refers to many other recipes or techniques to complete (I think it's worth it, but for a casual cook it would be too much)