From THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst, Barron's Educational Services, Inc.
Copyright 1997 CondeNet
a Mexican dish consisting of highly spiced minced meat and other ingredients inside a layer of cornmeal dough that is, in turn wrapped in corn husks. It is then either baked or steamed in a kettle. The exact origin of tamales is not known, but they were eaten by the Aztecs long before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores.
Betty Wason - Author of "The Art of Spanish Cooking"
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