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Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

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At her restaurant, Maria’s, in Santa Fe, Priscilla Hoback makes tamales in her own kitchen rather than buying them at Rose’s Tamale Factory off Cerrillos Road. Rose’s tamales are good, and there is always a cluster of trucks outside and a line inside to prove it. But Priscilla is first a potter, then a cook, and she finds that making tamales is like making pots: the container conditions the thing contained.

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