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The Taco Encyclopedia

Everything you need to know about the taco. Includes 100 authentic recipes adapted from the Mexican best-seller from fillings and tortillas to salsas and sauces. Includes a foreword by Rene Redzepi

Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena


Price: USD$29.95

Everything you need to know about the taco. Includes 100 authentic recipes adapted from the Mexican best-seller from fillings and tortillas to salsas and sauces. Includes a foreword by Rene Redzepi.

Richly illustrated and entertaining graphics take on one of the world's most popular dishes.

The ultimate reference on taco culture, Tacopedia is a deep dive into the varying taco traditions of Mexico's diverse regions.

Features 100 recipes for all of the components of an amazing taco.

Illustrated with 250 photographs, and accompanied by interviews, stories, illustrations, graphics, maps and more that bring the vibrancy of the taco, and its homeland, to life.

Tacopedia's highly graphic style will appeal to hip taco lovers, food truck enthusiasts, and serious followers of Mexican cuisine, both young, and young at heart.


Deborah Holtz is the Director of Trilce Ediciones publisher in Mexico.

Juan Carlos Mena teaches design at the Universidad Iberoamericana at Santa Fe Cuidad de Mexico.


Format: Flexibound
Size: 246 x 189 mm, 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in
Pages: 320 pp
Illustrations: 250 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780714870472


"Everything you ever wanted to know and more about the beloved taco." —TODAY Show

"A one-stop shop for everything you would want and need to know about tacos." —Latin Times

"Que Rico! The where, what and how of a Mexican staple." —Travel & Leisure

"Epic... an essential read."—LA Weekly

"Contains the secrets and origins of popular Mexican foods." —BBC News

"everything anyone might ever need to know about tacos" —Eater.com

"the obsessive, comprehensive guide to Mexico's taco culture... vibrantly designed." —Eater.com

"Tacopedia is the book you need to read" —Trend Hunter

"Tacos aren't my favorite, but this did make me want to eat Mexican food" —The New York Times Style Magazine

"a mouth-watering tour of Mexico's taco culture... Tacopedia doesn't just teach the reader to appreciate the taco - it makes them hungry, too" —NPR

"Phaidon's definitive taco manual" —The Huffington Post

"After reading Tacopedia, we fell in love again, too" —LA Weekly

"Tacopedia is ideal for food lovers, cooks, and anyone interested in Mexican culture" —Tastebook

"While there are many excellent books about Mexican cuisine, nothing comes close to the Tacopedia when it comes to tacos. ...a pure joy to read" —Food Crafters

"stunning photographs... everything you need to know about this Mexican staple" —Sphere

"if you love tacos, or know somebody who does...pick up a copy of this book. It's pretty awesome" —The Manual

"Sandwiches are just a poor relation to tasty Mexican tacos... If you think several hundred pages of taco wordage is overkill then you have not been eating the right tacos" —The Independent

"Tacopedia' has captured the imagination of some of the world's top chefs... Described as the ultimate reference on taco culture, Tacopedia lives up to its description. ...indispensable... Every image adds to the story of the taco... The book's paperback nature emphasizes that it should be used, not shown off" —Restaurant

"brilliant, exhaustive and epic, the only guide you'll ever need to Mexican hand-held heaven ...delicious. A masa-scented masterpiece" —Mail on Sunday

"A wonderful encyclopedia of tacos." —NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour

"It's got just about every scrap of information you might want on tacos. But while it's encyclopedic in that sense, it's certainly not dull... There's history, there are restaurant recommendations, and the book is stuffed with facts like an overfilled tortilla. But most of all there is fun. The book even features an illustrated guide on how to eat a taco." —Bloomberg.com

"Wildly inspiring and easy to use, this compendium of recipes (plus fun maps and food photography) covers every aspect of making what has to be the greatest foods on earth." —GOOP

Contents and sections:

Foreword by René Redzepi
Why a Tacopedia?
Tacos and Taquitos
Everything Fits in a Tortilla

Part 1: Whetting your Appetite - Directly from Mexico, Lovely and Beloved
Tacooo... Loteria!
The Taco Menagerie

Part 2: It's Taco Time
  • Tacos on the Grill
  • Tacos on the Griddle
  • Tacos al Pastor
  • Barbacoa Tacos
  • Birria Tacos
  • Head-Meat Tacos
  • Basket Tacos
  • Carnitas Tacos
  • Chilorio Tacos
  • Cochinita Pibil Tacos
  • Stewed Tacos
  • Insect Tacos
  • Mixiote Tacocs
  • Seafood and Fish Tacos
  • Suadero Tacos
  • Deep-Fried Tacos
Part 3: Meet the Family
  • Enchiladas
  • Quesadillas
  • Tlayudas
Appendix: Spice it up
Vitamin T
So You've Got The Special Sauce?

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