Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday commemorating deceased loved ones, has many culinary ties. Perhaps you've seen the brightly decorated sugar skulls associated with the holiday, but another tradition is to prepare for the day by making tamales.
The holiday takes place on November 1 and 2 and many Mexicans spend weeks preparing celebrations to honor and nourish those who have passed. Gourmet Live writes about a culinary custom of gathering the family to make tamales. Check out the recipes below.
• Read more: The Whole Tamale: Culinary Custom for Day of the Dead at Gourmet Live
Related: Pan de Muerto: Sweet Bread of the Dead
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