|Mando Rayo's fried egg tacos. © Ryan Schierling|
Last September, we were asked to test a pair of recipes for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance cookbook, set to be published in the Spring of 2013 by History Press.
Mando Rayo of Taco Journalism has one of the most exhaustively-compiled review sites of taco trucks and taquerias in and around Austin, and we've used that vast database for years now in finding new tacos. His fried egg taco recipe produced a deliciously spicy, messy handful best served "after many tequilazos."
Michelle Nezamabadi of Beyond Picket Fences provided an incredibly rich Persian lamb stew recipe called abgusht that was foreign enough to me that I had to ask numerous questions of an older Iranian co-worker who was well-versed in the dish. "You must make sure to cut the lamb shank bone in half and get all the marrow out into the dish…" Done, and done. It was comfort food like none we'd ever had and made a beautiful plate (though I was told later by my co-worker that it everything needed to be smashed together more, to almost a mashed potato consistency).
|Michelle Nezamabadi's abgusht. © Ryan Schierling|
The cookbook is now being pre-sold through the end of February on the AFBA site, and we can't wait to see it.