Turnip Greens & Tortillas by Eddie Hernandez

Eddie Hernandez is the chef and partner of Taqueria del Sol, a chain of counter-service Mexican restaurants in Tennessee and Georgia. In life and in his debut cookbook, Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen, the musician turned chef, makes no apologies about his style of cooking where the word authentic doesn't factor in. What is most important to him is that he serves good food with great flavor. 

Recently, Chef Hernandez  was featured in The New York Times. There he stated that too much emphasis is placed on culinary authenticity today, he continued. "In Mexico, we eat what we like and don't worry about what is authentic to this cuisine or that," he said. "You make do, and you make it taste good." He won me over with that statement (well he had me when I opened Turnip Greens). 

These are recipes my family loves and when I say family I specifically mean my husband. My son and I love all kinds of food - my husband not so much. I save our vegetable, seafood-centric dishes for times when my husband has a working dinner or he is out of town. 

So the fact that these recipes are hubby-approved is a plus for me. Oven-baked Memphis-style ribs and the Fried chicken tacos were huge hits. I could live on those tacos which I made using the spicy Russian dressing. The vibrant colors and flavors in Turnip Greens coupled with the approachable recipes make this book an exciting keeper. 

Chef Hernandez isn't fussy or pretentious, he's talented and knows what works. Special thanks to the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sharing materials for the EYB Book Preview that shares recipes you can try now. Word of advice make those Fried chicken tacos - they are amazing. Check out the author's book tour to see if he is in your area. 

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Our EYB Book Preview will give you a closer look inside of this title and our EYB Recipe Preview shares the following recipes: 

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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Kristjudy  on  4/15/2018 at 2:17 PM

    Smoked salmon chipotle pizza

  • hedder14  on  4/15/2018 at 2:43 PM

    Have to try his Shrimp and grits.

  • MirandaAK  on  4/15/2018 at 3:30 PM

    The Poblano and Corn Chowder with Shrimp sounds delicious, though I would be tempted by the Smoked Salmon Chipotle Pizza too!

  • vickster  on  4/15/2018 at 4:04 PM

    Famous Fish Tacos. I really want this book!

  • laureljean  on  4/15/2018 at 4:20 PM

    Cajun Hash

  • lauriesk  on  4/15/2018 at 4:32 PM

    The first recipe I would try is Green chile stew

  • catmommy9  on  4/15/2018 at 4:47 PM

    The crispy beef tacos sound really good

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  4/15/2018 at 5:45 PM

    The Mexican bread pudding.

  • Lorihahn  on  4/15/2018 at 5:52 PM

    Def the fish tacos!

  • jluvs2bake  on  4/15/2018 at 5:57 PM

    Pan-fried pork chops with ranchero brown gravy

  • LaurenE  on  4/15/2018 at 6:05 PM

    crispy beef tacos

  • rachael_mc  on  4/15/2018 at 6:11 PM

    Crispy Carnitas

  • Karla123  on  4/15/2018 at 6:51 PM

    Spicy bread and butter pickles...one of my favorite pickles to make.

  • janv  on  4/15/2018 at 7:16 PM

    You had me at Foil-roasted beets and Vidalia onions with butter, lime, and sea salt

  • rchesser  on  4/15/2018 at 7:35 PM

    Shrimp fried rice topped with bronzed scallops with Tabasco oil .

  • kmn4  on  4/15/2018 at 8:12 PM

    Cheese enchiladas with morita pepper sauce

  • thecharlah  on  4/15/2018 at 8:22 PM

    Taqueria del Sol jalapeño-cheese dip

  • Angryyew  on  4/16/2018 at 3:34 AM


  • lean1  on  4/16/2018 at 7:44 AM

    Deviled eggs with Mexican Flavors!

  • sarahawker  on  4/16/2018 at 8:08 AM

    Cubano tacos

  • NaomiH  on  4/16/2018 at 9:08 AM

    Corn, poblano, and cheese tamales

  • antpantsii  on  4/16/2018 at 9:28 AM

    Sweet and tangy ceviche tostadas

  • kgmom  on  4/16/2018 at 9:35 AM

    Fried chicken tacos! Sounds delicious.

  • Carolyn99  on  4/16/2018 at 10:15 AM

    For me, tostadas would have to be the first recipe to try. Love the sound of the tomato and pickled pork skin ones!

  • bologna  on  4/16/2018 at 11:56 AM

    Everything sounds sooo good! I'd start with the Green Posole. Then I'd let the book guide me :)

  • ktwalla  on  4/16/2018 at 1:18 PM

    My Breakfast Muffins

  • jmay42066  on  4/16/2018 at 6:46 PM

    Cajun hash

  • nesshawk  on  4/16/2018 at 7:28 PM

    soooo hard to decide... but prob the Mexican "Sushi" Roll Ups

  • RNJessicaK  on  4/17/2018 at 1:03 AM

    Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos

  • heyjude  on  4/17/2018 at 2:26 AM

    Waco Tacos

  • ravensfan  on  4/17/2018 at 7:14 AM

    Three-chile homemade chorizo

  • matag  on  4/17/2018 at 8:05 AM

    Cajun hash

  • Julia  on  4/17/2018 at 4:15 PM

    Cuba our tacos

  • hungryinhouston  on  4/17/2018 at 6:59 PM

    I'd love to try the Deviled Eggs with Mexican Flavors!

  • robynsanyal  on  4/18/2018 at 1:33 PM

    Deviled eggs with Mexican Flavors

  • southerncooker  on  4/19/2018 at 3:20 PM

    I love the title of this book. I saw many things I'd be willing to try. The version of pimento cheese sounds delicious as does many of the tacos and other items. So maybe I'd start with the pimento cheese.

  • munki  on  4/19/2018 at 4:02 PM

    I would make Chorizo with Eggs first. I eat eggs every day and am always looking for new egg recipes!

  • mpdeb98  on  4/20/2018 at 5:03 PM

    Cajun hash

  • Mariarosa  on  4/20/2018 at 7:21 PM

    I'm thinking the Spiced pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes, chile glaze, and shiitakes. Mmmmm....

  • t.t  on  4/20/2018 at 8:23 PM

    Crispy carnitas

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  4/21/2018 at 9:31 AM

    I want to make Stone-ground grits with chiles.

  • finnsmom64  on  4/21/2018 at 9:49 AM

    Deviled eggs with Mexican Flavors

  • Steben  on  4/21/2018 at 12:36 PM

    Chocolate chimichangas with tequila cream sauce

  • RSW  on  4/21/2018 at 5:10 PM

    Three-chile homemade chorizo

  • Karen.2018  on  4/21/2018 at 6:41 PM

    This sounds delicious! Cubano tacos

  • lgroom  on  4/21/2018 at 7:54 PM

    Cubano tacos

  • nadiam1000  on  4/22/2018 at 8:09 AM

    Mac and cheese with feta and jalapeño

  • sgump  on  4/23/2018 at 12:03 PM

    The black bean and corn salad with cilantro-mint dressing sounds refreshing--possibly ideal for summer picnics.

  • lebarron2001  on  4/23/2018 at 1:28 PM

    Spiced pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes, chile glaze, and shiitakes

  • EmilyR  on  4/24/2018 at 1:32 AM

    Chicken enchilada casserole with lemon-cream sauce

  • rivergait  on  4/25/2018 at 2:54 PM

    Mexican sushi roll-ups. Besides having lots of recipes for the products of my California garden, I appreciate the sassy attitude of "non-authentic".

  • Whyvette  on  4/25/2018 at 9:00 PM

    I bought this book so that I can make enough Poblano and Corn Chowder with Shrimp to bathe in. It is that good!

  • Terrill  on  4/26/2018 at 12:07 PM

    Tomato and pickled pork skin tostadas f

  • lpatterson412  on  4/26/2018 at 2:19 PM


  • trudys_person  on  4/27/2018 at 11:26 AM

    Tropical flan with rum caramel - sounds delicious! I always start with dessert!

  • Cornfed23  on  4/27/2018 at 8:17 PM

    Fried green tomatilios with peach-habanero sauce

  • juazella  on  4/27/2018 at 10:52 PM

    Cajun boiled peanuts

  • Dannausc  on  4/28/2018 at 5:31 AM

    Fritos chilaquiles

  • hibeez  on  4/28/2018 at 7:50 AM

    Eddie's breakfast sausage

  • Laura1  on  4/28/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Mac and cheese with feta and jalapeño

  • MiMi60  on  4/28/2018 at 9:46 PM

    Mexican bread pudding.

  • kroshey  on  4/29/2018 at 10:15 AM

    Cajun Hash!

  • ccav  on  5/1/2018 at 10:42 AM

    So many good things in this book! I would try Okra and ham, ranchero style first

  • Teruska  on  5/2/2018 at 5:15 AM

    A Mexican Mint Julep to celebrate the Kentucky Derby on Cinco de Mayo. Seems perfect this year to cook from this book on Saturday.

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  5/2/2018 at 8:43 AM

    start with something simple like the chorizo with eggs found on page 31

  • jenmacgregor18  on  5/2/2018 at 2:11 PM

    sloppy jose tacos

  • TrishaCP  on  5/6/2018 at 7:28 AM

    Probably the Taqueria Del Sol dip. This book looks amazing!

  • miggsy  on  5/6/2018 at 9:29 PM

    Green chile stew

  • Katiefayhutson  on  5/8/2018 at 9:03 AM

    Cajun hash

  • topdawg11  on  5/8/2018 at 9:54 AM

    Fried chicken tacos.

  • AnnaZed  on  5/9/2018 at 5:31 PM

    Toasting and grinding dried chiles

  • Veestar14  on  5/10/2018 at 11:22 AM

    Chicken verde tacos!

  • mrscahughes  on  5/11/2018 at 7:37 PM

    fried chicken tacos

  • ktpotat  on  5/11/2018 at 10:43 PM

    Fritos Chilaquiles

  • sequoia55  on  5/13/2018 at 2:16 AM

    Cubano tacos

  • Sfgordon  on  5/14/2018 at 4:35 PM

    I would try the melted cabbage and carrots.

  • thewoobdog  on  5/15/2018 at 2:47 PM

    Green Chile Stew!

  • littleminxgirl  on  5/18/2018 at 12:06 AM

    The crispy beef tacos sound yummy

  • Siegal  on  5/19/2018 at 2:14 PM

    I want to try Cubano taco

  • orchidlady01  on  5/20/2018 at 2:15 AM

    Orange-almond salad with sweet serrano-lime dressing

  • marsmomma  on  5/20/2018 at 6:25 PM

    I would love to try the Mexican “sushi” roll-ups.

  • SarahGelle  on  5/21/2018 at 10:12 AM

    Definitely the jalapeno cheese dip!

  • eatysmith  on  5/23/2018 at 11:00 AM

    "Which recipe in the index would you try first?" Fried chicken tacos!

  • madelainelc  on  5/29/2018 at 10:10 PM

    Sweet and tangy ceviche tostadas

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