1983 · Palmer Lake, CO
First edition. Written by "a busy mother of four and author of Blond Chicana Bride's Mexican Cookbook," this extremely entertaining guide to Americanized shortcut versions of classic Mexican dishes opens with a recommendation for kids' parties: "tacos" where the seasoned meat, along with sauce and cheese, is poured directly into cut-open bags of corn chips — a strikingly early, if not the first, printed recipe for the walking taco, a.k.a. frito pie, a dish which made its debut at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The booklet is illustrated with images taken from a number of 19th-century travel books and periodicals, along with pen and ink sketches by Helen Mattison of Albuquerque. Publisher's printed paper wrappers, front wrapper with two small, faint spots of staining and slight smudging. Small area of faint staining to upper edge of some leaves, one page with spots of staining, otherwise clean. An amusing combination of the "harried housewife" genre and the growing American appetite for Mexican-ish foods. (Inventory #: 36189)