Here today, here tamale

There is nothing like a home-cooked tamale, even if buying them seems like a clandestine affair sometimes.

John I. Carney
4 min readSep 16, 2023

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A tamale, on a paper plate, with a fork.
I’ve just opened this up — I often drizzle some sort of sauce on the tamale before eating just for textural and flavor contrast. Purists, please plug your ears: I usually use supermarket taco sauce.

I live in a small Tennessee town, and there’s a local, food-related Facebook group, formed during the pandemic in an effort to support some of our local restaurants. Someone posted a message to that group yesterday asking where a good place was to…

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John I. Carney

Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at http://www.lakeneuron.com/dislike