Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. And for many, that means one word: tequila. Well, if you’re looking for a handy guide to all things tequila, look no farther than Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails, and Bites ($16.95, hardback) by Joanne Weir. Especially if you’re still kicking back Cuervo Gold with a lick of salt, you need this book. In Tequila, Weir—who is a damned good writer—guides readers through the nuances of how tequila is made, its fascinating history, types of tequila, suggestions on tequila flights and food pairings and, of course, oodles of tequila cocktail recipes along with food recipes which utilize tequila, such as “tequilamisu.” Tequila: the perfect Cinco de Mayo gift.
See the Light
If you wanna get a head start on Cinco de Mayo, head over to the I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center on Monday, April 27 for an evening of Mexico-inspired cooking, learning, food and fun. Jim Light, executive chef at the Viking Cooking School, will conduct a cooking class with a Cinco de Mayo theme: Attendees will learn the secrets of south-of-the-border dishes such as guacamole, cheese enchiladas, chile verde, tropical salsa and more. You can learn the secrets of popular Mexican dishes and then put them to use on the actual Cinco de Mayo. Educated at the renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Light’s real passion and commitment is about teaching others classic kitchen techniques and making culinary knowledge more accessible to food lovers.
For more information about Light and the Viking Cooking School, go online to VikingCookingSchool.com. To find out more and to register for the Cinco de Mayo cooking class, call 801-581-0098.
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