Taking It Off the Streets: OG Cookbook Author Nancy Zaslavsky Teaches Tamales

Photo: Nancy Zaslavsky

Buy tamales from Tamara’s, Mom’s, Los Cinco Puntos, or an icebox on the street and you might eat for a week. Learn how to make a tamale for $90, and eat for a lifetime. Something like that. Nancy Zaslavsky, author of the OG tome A Cook’s Tour to Mexico is offering two holiday classes to teach people how to manage their masa to make real Mexican tamales. The chef is taking a small group of students through the basics, with appearances in Westlake Village and one at Culver City’s Surfas. Classes cover a hands-on prep of beef tamales from Jalisco, vegetarian chile and black bean tamales, and banana leaf-wrapped chicken chipotle, along with guacamole, hot chocolate, and salsa sessions, plus a tequila and mezcal tasting. See the full schedule of Zaslavsky’s classes below and make reservations, as they tend to be snatched up quickly.

TAMALES @ LET’S GET COOKIN’ - Westlake Village
Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:30PM - $85
Hands-on Mexican cooking class

Jalisco-style Beef Tamales; Vegetarian Black Bean Tamales with Chiles and Mexican Herbs; Smoky-Spicy Chicken Chipotle Tamales Wrapped in Banana Leaves; El Greatest Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds; Cantaloupe Table Salsa; Tequila and Mezcal Tasting; Mexican Hot Chocolate

Learn how to make REAL Mexican tamales, set-up steamers and cook your tamales.

For information and reservations
: 818-991-3940, or online at www.letsgetcookin.com.

TAMALES @ SURFAS - Culver City
Sunday, December 12, 2010, 2-5PM - $90
Hands-on, small-size Mexican cooking class

Appetizer treats of Surfas gourmet foods; Various Corn husk- and Banana leaf-wrapped tamales with regional Mexican fillings; Mexican Hot Chocolate
Reservation information: 310-440-8877

Learn how to make REAL Mexican tamales in an intimate group. We’ll have a tamalada (tamal-making party) and try various masa (corn dough) ingredients, fillings and wrapping styles. See how to to set-up steamers and cook your tamales.