Life: A bowl of tamales.
Life: A bowl of tamales.
Photo credit: La Guera Tamalera

Wrap Now, Steam Later at La Guera Tamalera's Tamale Class

If you're confident enough in your cooking skills to try your hand at making tamales, you might want to spend a couple hours with La Guera Tamalera. Self-described 'White Girl Tamale Maker' Deborah Stern is holding an organic tamale class this Saturday, July 11 from 12-2:30 p.m. Sounds daunting to some, but Stern breaks it down: "it can be an incredibly time-consuming and complicated thing to do, but it's less of a science and more of an art."

All ingredients are from farmers' markets, using the kind of organic, non-GMO corn flour that Michael Pollan would approve of. Stern, who is a graduate of Sandy Romero's kitchen training program at Mama's Hot Tamales, will provide step by step instructions for a "basic summer tamale recipe--and it'll be easy." Participants will prepare the masa, assemble and wrap the tamales in husks, then steam or freeze at home. Cost is $58 per person, which includes all materials, plus other already prepared lunch foods -- in case your tamale effort proves disastrous -- and horchata sweetened with agave. Reservations required by Tuesday, July 7.

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1326 E. First St., East L.A.; RSVP: (213) 880-0277.


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