Masa: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple (Hardcover)
It's time to learn the way to a perfect taco, and it all starts with the masa. Like sourdough before it, craft masa is on the brink of a global culinary movement. Jorge Gaviria's company, Masienda, has become a proxy message board at the center of the swelling masa conversation and with this cookbook he completes the story of how to create this special building block from scratch.
Brimming with history, replicable techniques, and reflections from masa authorities, including third-generation tortillerxs and acclaimed chefs, MASA reveals the beauty and longstanding traditions behind this elemental staple. In addition to teaching how to make masa from dried corn kernel to fully realized dish, this book also shows cooks how to use masa in 50 base recipes for tortillas, pozole, tamales, and more, empowering chefs of any level to think creatively and adapt recipes confidently for their own use.
In addition, ten well-known chefs offer inventive recipes-such as tamal gnocchi, masa waffles, and shrimp and masa grits-to inspire new ways of relating to this timeless, dynamic food.
TORTILLAS ARE EVERYWHERE: For years now, tortillas, the most common masa application, have outpaced the consumption of hamburger buns in the United States, and their companion condiment, salsa, has outsold ketchup as the nation's leading condiment.
ENDLESS DINNER INSPIRATION: This book features a wide range of recipes from the traditional basics—Tortillas, Pupusas, and Arepas—to the inventive, like Blue Masa Sourdough Bread, Tamal Gnocchi, and Shrimp and Masa Grits.
THE MASTER ON MASA: Jorge Gaviria is the founder of Masienda, a resource and supplier of high-quality masa and masa products. Jorge Gaviria wrote MASA after successfully working through tens of thousands of inquiries from home cooks on everything from the best equipment to ideal cooking temperatures to how to prevent a tortilla from falling apart during reheating.
"Masa is the book I have been longing for since I made my first trip across the border and tasted a freshly made tortilla from corn ground by hand. Maíz is the backbone of Mexican cuisine, and Masa tells its story and elevates its status while making it accessible to the home cook." -Rick Martinez, chef and author of Mi Cocina
"Jorge Gaviria has been a pioneer in spreading the delicious gospel of freshly made masa, and Masa is a wonderfully personal and wide-ranging guide to its world. Here are its historical ups and downs, the remarkable process that creates it from dry corn, and recipes from across the Americas that show off its versatility and unique flavor." -Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking and The Curious Cook
"It's hard to believe that masa, the ubiquitous, delicious, and foundational dough had yet to receive its closeup until now. From organic tacos to tamales and pupusas to arepas, Jorge connects diverse cultures and traditions to create this beautiful and definitive guide to a staple we all know and love." -Alice Waters, chef, restaurateur, author, and owner of Chez Panisse
"Masa is the book I’ve been wanting for decades. Jorge understands corn like no one else-from the small farms all the way to its brilliant transformation into masa, the staple that has nourished and inspired civilizations for millennia. Jorge offers a thorough catalog of traditional masa preparations, but it’s the modern recipes he has included from our new generation of chefs that clearly announce masa’s place as one of the greatest ingredients the world has known." -Rick Bayless, chef, restaurateur, and bestselling author
"An informative, instructive, beautiful book that makes the ancient new again and the ubiquitous something special." -Gustavo Arellano, LA Times and author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America
"Like all of us, each grain of corn is unique but is also part of its own generational identity. Jorge understands the value of corn and the chain from which it emerges. MASA is an essential tribute to this connection." -Enrique Olvera, chef and owner of Pujol and Cosme, and author of Tu Casa Mi Casa