Welcome cubbie. Any one of Rick’s books is a good one, he is very descriptive in how he explains the technique as well as some historic background of his recipes. Just yesterday 3 of us gathered to make tamales straight out of One Plate at a Time and had an easy and fun time of it. I don’t have a copy of it, but he one of his cookbooks is a general one that he wrote with his daughter Lani and it’s an enjoyable read as well. Good wishes!