Before Taco Bell and Del Taco, housewives of America had no idea what authentic Mexican food was. So they took a cue from Frankenstein and threw together the best bits of Chinese and Italian cooking to make these mouth watering, south-of-the-border treats. “It’s alive!!”
What is the 1950s but a not-so-subtle state of sexual repression? Thanks to the cultural currency of mid-century cookbooks, we can revisit that time of the happy hostess, willing to please the men in her life with a variety of satisfying appetizers. After all, the way to a man’s–ahem–heart is through his stomach.