Giveaway: Not Just Tacos

Today I am giving away a copy of a book by a delightful gal named Shirley Solis.  I met Shirley at a homeschooling convention in Oklahoma last year.  She and her husband sell books at homeschooling conventions all over the US while homeschooling a passel of kids.  Shirley has written a really fun cookbook called Not Just Tacos A Journey Into the World of Authentic Latin American Cuisine.  Along with recipes from countries all over Central and South America, there are color photos of the recipes and snippets of info about the various countries.  Sample recipes include:

  • Pabellon Criollo -a popular Venezuelan meal featuring shredded beef, fried plantains and rice
  • Tapado -a traditional soup from Guatemala featuring coconut milk and fresh seafood
  • Chismol -the national salsa of Honduras

This is a visually interesting book, sure to delight anything interested in creating authentic Latin American cuisine in their own homes.  If you’d like a chance to win it, comment below and tell me which ethnic cuisines you enjoy preparing in your kitchen.  For a second entry, share this post on twitter or facebook, then comment again to tell me where you shared it.  I’ll pick a winner on Monday!


  1. we love to try recipes from central and south america! All but the most recent of our sponsored kids are from that area. We’ve made quite a few meals of rice, beans, etc, but I have not had success with fried plantains.
    I spent 3 months living with a Tico family (Costa Rica) and Dona Saray prepared the best meals, always with a side of those lovely plantains. So, here I am almost begging to win a book that will help me with that one food. 🙂

  2. Mrs. Rachel says:

    We eat lots of ethnic food in my home. Partly because we like it, and partly because many of those foods fit my son’s allergies. We love West African, Indian, and Thai particularly.

  3. I love Indian!

  4. I usually make Americanized versions of Italian classics. They are the easiest for me, especially boiling pasta when I’m short on time. When I do have more time to cook, I like experimenting with Mexican foods. Roasting peppers, chopping veggies to make fresh salsas. This cookbook sounds awesome!

  5. I love the title! We cook a lot of curries – Thai and indian

  6. Sherry Blair says:

    Mexican and Italian were always go-to choices for ethnic cuisines meals I made when raising my six kids; and I also made a lot of Oriental type recipes. Still enjoy the above ethnic cuisines, but also include more Mediterranean style eating in our diets now that it is just the two of us. I still cook in a large quantity on Sundays to take to work to share with 8-15 people (usually something in crock pots) and enjoy doing ethnic cuisines for variety and the low cost recipes I can find.

  7. This looks like a fun book! We love Indian food, but I think I make more Chinese-style stir-fries.

  8. Jessica says:

    We make a lot of Cuban black beans since one of our babies is half cuban. Our three new children are Mexican. I would love this book to be able to cook more authentic food!

  9. Hello! I’m one of your newest fans. Thanks for your rapid response the other day in an old thread about drying racks. I’m really enjoying your blog.

    We like a variety of ethnic food–it’s not unusual to see a lot of Asian food on the menu, and growing up, we ate a lot of Mexican food. My mom had a pasta maker, so for a while, we ate a lot of homemade pasta meals. I come from a German background (great grandparents came over on a boat), and have learned to make a few German foods….but honestly, they aren’t too healthy, and should be served with a home-angioplasty kit!

    A few years ago, we were “beaned-out” by eating so many beans; it would be great to know some different ways to fix them, and add meals to our repertoire. We ate them because they are so cost-effective. They still are, as is a lot of Latin-American food, and it would be wonderful to bring this type of eating back into style at my house.

    Sarah, mommy of five, ages 2-8

  10. Italian and “western” food is what I grew up with so it is “normal” food to me.

    We cook italian, Greek (occasionally), Latin American, Indian (love a good curry), Thai, Chinese, even Polish sometimes.

    I’m learning to speak Spanish an most o our sponsor children are Latin American.

    Would love to win but I might buy it of I don’t!

  11. ShackelMom says:

    Okay, you got me on this one! I am from California and live as a missionary in the Philippines. I miss Mexican/Latin American food the most, and cook just about everything from scratch. I wonder if her books explains how to cook pupusas… Hmmmm!

  12. My dh is half filipino so he enjoys sharing his favorite recipes with the family!

  13. Italian.

  14. Lisa Herman says:

    I was brought up by my mom and stepdad (who is Nicaraguan). So, I love ethnic foods. Nicaraguan food is my favorite (especially the Nacatamales), but I also like to make Indian (tandoori chicken), Filipino, Mexican and Chinese.

  15. I cook a lot of authentic Neapolitan Italian dishes. But Mexican food is also a favorite. I love how economical Mexican food is to make.

  16. Heather says:

    We like Chinese food (especially your orange chicken recipe!), but eat our share of Mexican food as well.

  17. Yum! Would love to win!

  18. Melissa says:

    We moved from San Diego to the Appalachian South, so I love to prepare the little Mexican food I can for my friends here! I also dabble in Asian food.

  19. My family loves Mexican and Italian!

  20. JillMichelle says:

    My favorite ethnic food to cook is Chinese!

  21. We eat Italian and Mexican, with my husband’s Chinese stir fry mixed in. We just started stocking up on beans, so this cookbook would be amazing to win!!! Thank you for the chance!

  22. I love Mexican food after living in Arizona as a child. But Chinese is taking over these days after adopting our 8 year old son. I’ve yet to figure out a way to combine the two…though he does love spice.

  23. Shared on facebook. Looks like a fun cookbook.

  24. Katie R says:

    We venture into Mexican and Italian flavors most frequently, with an occasional foray into Asian influence.

  25. Katie R says:
  26. jenifer says:

    Interesting- a bil is from mexico and what he cooks was nothing like we were used to.

  27. We make a lot of Mexican and Italian. Would love to win this book! Thanks!

  28. Amber Howard-McGinnis says:

    We love to eat Indian, Thai, Chinese, and Mexican…..when we eat out. I would like to be able to cook more of our favorite foods at home. Right now the best I can do is: homemade refried beans, homemade tortillas, stir fry and your recipe of West African Peanut Chicken. 🙂

  29. ShackelMom says:

    I shared it on Facebook too! 🙂

  30. I would LOVE this book. “Mexican: is practically a four-letter word around my kids, as I love all. things. South. of. the. border.

    Maybe this will spice things up some, and get me more Southoftheborder dinners around here when the kids visit.

    (Did I just say, “when the kids visit”? This new empty nest thing is freaking me out. Hold me).

  31. We like Italian and Mexican in our household.

  32. Oriental, some Mexican, Italian. Looks like a great cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Fun giveaway!! We love Asian cuisine: Korean and Indian especially, followed closely by authentic Mexican. 🙂

  34. We love pr3eparing Indian curries and Cuban black beans, chinese foods and , yes, Mexican…We eat vegan at home and find other cuisinens more veggie friendly than American. Would love to look at and use the book for more diverse Mexican meals.

  35. Shared on FB

  36. Kristy B says:

    I grew up eatting the ethinic food of my family and region along with uniquely Canadian things. Then we lived in Southern CA and I learned to make Mexican. Now we live in the Pacific Northwest and I am learning to make chinese – so fun.

  37. I do about as much Mexican as I do Italian, but most of all, SOUTHERN. 😉

  38. This sounds like an interesting book. I’d be interested in reading it and seeing if we find any new favorites.

  39. Carolsue says:

    I like Thai and Mexican
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  40. Carolsue says:

    I shared on Facebook
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  41. I don’t cook anything that is truly ethnic-just Americanized Italian and Mexican.

  42. Cindy Jensen says:

    We love it all, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Greek, Italian – no favorites at our house !!!

  43. we eat tacos probably about every week….lots of italian & mexican

  44. Christy says:

    I love all ethnicity of food. My favorite is probably Turkish but I really only know how to make Mexican.

  45. I love Indian!

  46. christy says:

    We love cooking Thai food and have been expanding our abilities on that front.

  47. My girls and I love to cook Indian and Chinese food. I saw Not Just Tacos at the Virginia homeschool conference a couple of weeks ago and it is a beautiful cookbook with some yummy looking recipes.

    I enjoy your blog and Family Feasts cookbook.