It’s the season for tamales. They come in all sizes and are filled with all sorts of ingredients. And in the Mexican culture, making tamales is a community affair, with family and friends gathering to create the flavorful packets.
Carmen Tafolla and Ellen Riojas Clark are comadres and tamaleras. Tafolla is the former San Antonio poet laureate, and Clark is the endowed chair in bicultural-bilingual studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. They are the co-authors of the book, “Tamales, Comadres, and the Meaning of Civilization.”