Every Mexican cook I know, including my mother, has a recipe for albondigas—meatballs, which are usually, depending on the cook, either served as a soup or something closer to a meat main dish drenched in a thick sauce. None I’d ever come across resembled those of Doña Maria Ramona Quixano y Contreras, who in 1808 wrote a Spanish-language cookbook of stews, fruit pastes, and desserts in Silao, Guanajuato.
I travel to Mexico a lot for my job — I'm a writer and I run street food tours in Mexico City and Puebla. Whenever I go and I'm itching for souvenirs (and I'm always itching for souvenirs), I take an extra bag to fit all my purchases. I pick up ingredients, yes, but also kitchen tools. While you can find some things in specialty cook shops in the States or online, you can't beat the quality or the prices you'll find south of the border.
To slice the juicy, crisp-edged al pastor meat off the roasting spit, Rolando Marcelino Martinez uses a 14-inch knife that he brought with him from Mexico. He sharpens it every day before customers arrive at Tacos Los Guichos, a bustling taquería housed in a trailer near the 110 freeway at West Slauson Avenue. The scars of his job sit along his thumbs — faint, squiggly white lines set off against his dark brown skin. He cut himself when he was a novice, more than 15 years and three taquerías ago.
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