Regular Contributor and intrepid foodie Ana Raquel is back today with tacos for every occasion.  Need something for a first date dinner? How ’bout tacos.  Want to serve your hubby breakfast in bed?  Tacos.  Need a special dessert? Tacos again.  On that note I’m off to get a happy hour taco (and a margarita!) – enjoy the review!

I love cookbooks that take a simple idea like a sandwich or taco and turn it on its head.  When I received Kelley Cleary Coffeen’s 300 BEST TACO RECIPES cookbook in the mail,  I knew I was in for another fun adventure with food.  This book caught my attention right away. It all works…from the acknowledgements, to the introduction, to the quirky selection of recipes in this fantastic book. While posting the book on Facebook and carrying it around, friends would ask me, how many recipes can you really have for tacos?  300 my friends… that is the answer!  From the traditional to the unique, from breakfast to dessert this book will give you ideas for tacos that will have your head spinning and your mouth watering.

Since my cousin Rodney was moving to Atlanta from Puerto Rico, I decided to use his visit as an opportunity to sample some of the recipes. In fact, almost the whole menu for his welcome dinner was made from the 300 BEST TACOS cookbook.

For the entrée I chose Shredded Chicken Crispy Tacos with a homemade Cilantro Lime Sour Cream. The salsas I served were the Citrus and also the Peach and Red Onion Salsa  (and not to brag, but my daughter and her husband loved the refreshing touch they added!) These salsas can also be served with my Puerto Rican Tostones, the twice-fried green plantains.

For dessert we had the precious and delicious Lemon Cream Cupitas seen in the picture. Less than a week later I repeated the menu for a different event because it was that good and I just couldn’t help myself. The book even includes a cocktail section, and since I love fruity and sweet Martinis, I decided to try, the Dulce de Leche Martini and loved the combinations of flavors. 300 BEST TACO RECIPES COOKBOOK is certainly a keeper.

— Ana Raquel, L.D. , Spanglish Culinary Dietitian & Avid Cookbook Collector