(Tamalada painting by Carmen Lomas Garza)
One of my favorite recollections of childhood is waiting for my mother to finish her delicious pan de polvo. Being from San Diego, there was no other pan de polvo but that made in the shape of rings. I guess that’s why they are called “wedding cookies.” And of course my mother’s anillos were made with cinnamon, no white powdered sugar for my mom.
With Christmas approaching the thought of pan de polvo is on my mind and I’m sure in many of your minds. So are tamales. Fortunately, for the younger generations there is a cookbook that has preserved many of the recipes from Duval County kitchens: ¡CON GUSTO! Duval Cookery.
This is one of my wife’s and daughters’ favorite cookbook. Their copies show extensive wear and tear, as do ̶ I’m sure ̶ those in your kitchens.Up to now you could only get ¡CON GUSTO! at the Duval County Museum, which unfortunately is only open sparingly.
Fortunately, that is not the case any longer. I am happy to announce that Soy de Duval has now opened an online bookstore. The bookstore will eventually try to carry any book that has a connection to Duval County. We are starting with four books for now but will soon expand our collection.
¡CON GUSTO! of course is one of them. So now you can get a copy of ¡CON GUSTO! at anytime to replace your worn out copy or to give as a Christmas gift. They make a great gift.
There are two recipes for pan de polvo, including one from Celina M. Trevino from San Diego that includes directions to make the cookies both in cookie shapes or rings, both in cinnamon-sugar mixture or powdered sugar. Petrita’s Pan De Polvo, a recipe submitted by Guadalupe B. Soliz of Benavides offers the cookie shaped version with cinnamon-sugar.
The book has no less than five recipes for tamales. Of course, there are many other holiday dishes and not just for Christmas. You can find several recipes for capirotada, bunuelos,empanadas, turcos and other sweets. There are recipes for pan de campo, barbacoa, menudo, albondigas, cabrito, calabaza, chorizo, enchiladas, gorditas, tripas, tortillas, dulce de calabaza and much more.
The cookbook is organized with chapters for appetizers, soups and salads, main dishes, breads and pastries, cakes and desserts, candy and preserves, and beverages and miscellaneous. A unique feature of the cookbook that it provides short histories of the various communities in Duval County. One would expect no less from a publication compiled by the Duval County Historical Commission.
Check out our bookstore and place your order for ¡CON GUSTO! So you can have it for the holidays. Bon appétit!