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The definitive word on tacos from native Angeleno Wes Avila, who draws on his Mexican heritage as well as his time in the kitchens of some of the world's best restaurants to create taco perfection.  In a town overrun with taco trucks, Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos has managed to win almost every accolade there is, from being crowned Best Taco Truck by LA Weekly to being calle The definitive word on tacos from native Angeleno Wes Avila, who draws on his Mexican heritage as well as his time in the kitchens of some of the world's best restaurants to create taco perfection.  In a town overrun with taco trucks, Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos has managed to win almost every accolade there is, from being crowned Best Taco Truck by LA Weekly to being called one of the best things to eat in Los Angeles by legendary food critic Jonathan Gold. Avila's approach stands out in a crowded field because it's unique: the 50 base recipes in this book are grounded in authenticity but never tied down to tradition. Wes uses ingredients like kurobata sausage and sea urchin, but his bestselling taco is made from the humble sweet potato. From basic building blocks to how to balance flavor and texture, with comic-inspired illustrations and stories throughout, Guerrilla Tacos is the final word on tacos from the streets of L.A.


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The definitive word on tacos from native Angeleno Wes Avila, who draws on his Mexican heritage as well as his time in the kitchens of some of the world's best restaurants to create taco perfection.  In a town overrun with taco trucks, Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos has managed to win almost every accolade there is, from being crowned Best Taco Truck by LA Weekly to being calle The definitive word on tacos from native Angeleno Wes Avila, who draws on his Mexican heritage as well as his time in the kitchens of some of the world's best restaurants to create taco perfection.  In a town overrun with taco trucks, Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos has managed to win almost every accolade there is, from being crowned Best Taco Truck by LA Weekly to being called one of the best things to eat in Los Angeles by legendary food critic Jonathan Gold. Avila's approach stands out in a crowded field because it's unique: the 50 base recipes in this book are grounded in authenticity but never tied down to tradition. Wes uses ingredients like kurobata sausage and sea urchin, but his bestselling taco is made from the humble sweet potato. From basic building blocks to how to balance flavor and texture, with comic-inspired illustrations and stories throughout, Guerrilla Tacos is the final word on tacos from the streets of L.A.

30 review for Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A.: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ligaya

    Recipes of amazing taco possibilities (plus salsa, quesadillas, tostadas, and tortas)! Who would have thought of combinations such as Pork Belly and Caviar, Octopus and Chorizo, Tuna Poke and Sea Urchin on tacos? I'm plotting a visit to LA just to try this place for real. The recipes are clearly written and include, typically, a long list of ingredients and for many recipes, a significant investment of time. There are some quick and easy combinations, and some that you have to search out more ex Recipes of amazing taco possibilities (plus salsa, quesadillas, tostadas, and tortas)! Who would have thought of combinations such as Pork Belly and Caviar, Octopus and Chorizo, Tuna Poke and Sea Urchin on tacos? I'm plotting a visit to LA just to try this place for real. The recipes are clearly written and include, typically, a long list of ingredients and for many recipes, a significant investment of time. There are some quick and easy combinations, and some that you have to search out more exotic ingredients. The author suggests substitutions and tells you where you can find ingredients in LA/CA or online. The writing is fresh and accessible and the story of the author's journey is very compelling.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is a sweet book, as much a memoir as a cookbook. The photos and cartoons mix together to make a lovely visual feast as well. It made me miss Los Angeles and my adventures there.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tbone

    For me, it was all about the salsas

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brigham Barnes

    A great range of interesting recipes where the last step is always: Now put it on a tortilla.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracy D

    Loved it. Fun read. Enjoyed the life story and the realness of the journey. Nothing is perfect and we struggle, and we fight, and we fail, and we pick back up, and we discover, and move forward. I like the author, and I'm rooting for him along his continued journey. We don't have to be the same to appreciate each other and to value what each of us has to offer up as human beings. He is someone I would like as a friend...plus, I know he'd always bring good stuff to the potluck. ;) Great read, grea Loved it. Fun read. Enjoyed the life story and the realness of the journey. Nothing is perfect and we struggle, and we fight, and we fail, and we pick back up, and we discover, and move forward. I like the author, and I'm rooting for him along his continued journey. We don't have to be the same to appreciate each other and to value what each of us has to offer up as human beings. He is someone I would like as a friend...plus, I know he'd always bring good stuff to the potluck. ;) Great read, great photos, great recipes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DK Simoneau

    I loved the story woven through the recipes. I like hearing how someone follows a dream and makes it work. The pictures were wonderful. The recipes were a little “out there” and way to complicated for what I think should be easy. I definitely realized a taco can be whatever I want it to be. And I most certainly appreciated the tip on how to buy and heat the tortillas. This was a decent book just not the end all inspiration on tacos for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    Don’t presume Wesley Avila’s terrific Guerrilla Tacos is a book just about tacos. You’d be mistaken, because this is story, a wonderfully told narrative about a man, his struggles, and his dream. Thankfully for him—and for us—it’s a story with a happy ending and a slew of delicious recipes.” Nancy Silverton

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie Nelson

    Interesting to read + unique recipes I love to read cookbooks and this one really doubled as an autobiography. I wasn’t expecting to be so interested in the author and the story of how this taco truck came to be. I probably won’t make a lot of the recipes in the book (so much lard) but I found some great tips and a few things I want to try.

  9. 5 out of 5

    JoAnna Parker

    Story stuff is cool but be advised that the recipes are complex and usually involve harder to find ingredients and the cooking itself is not simple unless you are already an amateur chef. This is not a book of recipes for beginners.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jane Austin

    Delicious! Lots of creative, tasty recipes for making tacos. Recipes are involved but you really create some amazing dishes. If you love tacos, you will love all the new inspiration for feeding yourself. This is a must have on my list.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gerri Leen

    Gorgeous book with really interesting recipes. Loved the backstory.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a very gun cookbook to read. Many of the recipes for tacos and salsas were very accessible (espcially here in NM) and I enjoyed reading about his chef-ing journey.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josh Fogelson

    Great recipes. All the ones I have tried, especially the salsas, are delicious. The personal story of Wesley Avila is also interesting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    An excellent cookbook! Beautiful pictures and interesting recipes I’d like to try! Just wish I could find some of the fresh ingredients but it’s worth a look!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I’ve made adobo chicken and carnitas with two of the salsas. Everything was so good. The salsas were your best I’ve ever made or tasted anywhere. The tacos were just as tasty.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Khuey40

    My FAVORITE cookbook of the year so far!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book, everything from his stories of childhood & family to his years as a Teamster/union guy to his forays into food cart/food truck chef...recipes include: Sunchoke Taco, Carrot-Habanero Salsa, Tomato-Pepita Salsa, Razor Clams a la Plancha, Tuna Poke & Sea Urchin Tostada, Beef Tendon Taco, Duck Heart Taco, Roasted Pumpkin Taco, Pork Belly & Caviar Taco (!!!), Shishito Pepper Taco (!!!!??!!), OCTOPUS & CHOIRZO TACO, Golden Beet Pok My FAVORITE cookbook of the year so far!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book, everything from his stories of childhood & family to his years as a Teamster/union guy to his forays into food cart/food truck chef...recipes include: Sunchoke Taco, Carrot-Habanero Salsa, Tomato-Pepita Salsa, Razor Clams a la Plancha, Tuna Poke & Sea Urchin Tostada, Beef Tendon Taco, Duck Heart Taco, Roasted Pumpkin Taco, Pork Belly & Caviar Taco (!!!), Shishito Pepper Taco (!!!!??!!), OCTOPUS & CHOIRZO TACO, Golden Beet Poke Tostada, Turkey Net Confit Burrito (!!!!!!), Street Taters...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather VanMouwerik

    Despite the fact that a lot of the recipes are inaccessible for people on a fixed budget or living on the east coast, I would highly recommend this book for one reason: Wes Avila himself. The sections where he discusses his life, why/how he got into food, and the evolution of his taco truck were interesting and insightful. Also, the recipe with the pork shoulder was one of the best things to ever come out of my kitchen. [Note: I read the ARC]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kym

    I was blown away by all of the different tacos Wes Avila thought up. He can take anything and make a taco out of it! Reading his story of how he came to be a chef running a food truck, was also inspiring. This is a guy who goes after what he wants and makes it happen. While I won't be making every taco in the book, I am sure going to try most of them. I was blown away by all of the different tacos Wes Avila thought up. He can take anything and make a taco out of it! Reading his story of how he came to be a chef running a food truck, was also inspiring. This is a guy who goes after what he wants and makes it happen. While I won't be making every taco in the book, I am sure going to try most of them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Heuer

    A very personal story of finding your voice in the LA food world, with lots of interesting recipes across the full omnivorous spectrum.

  20. 5 out of 5

    La'Tonya Rease Miles

    Love it. And it sits on shelf right next to Roy Choi's, L.A. Son. Changed my taco game forever. Love it. And it sits on shelf right next to Roy Choi's, L.A. Son. Changed my taco game forever.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    lots of taco ideas and great pictures. cookbook porn for sure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Beautifully creative recipes. Most requiring to meant ingredients for a weekend night, but good Mexican food usually takes awhile with a ton of spices.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate W

    Extremely creative and delicious recipes. These are showstoppers for taco parties.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Great writing, great recipes!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Carter

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dee Mullings

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily

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