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Burger Book Giveaway: 'Hamburger America'

Turns out we had one extra book sitting around. So we have six winners instead of five! And the winners are:

dark brown salty crust
right amount of pink inside
sizzle juicy drip
—benzado

The judges say: Perfect invocation of the perfect burger.

You once were a cow
Now you are a burger
Tasty little cow
—UncleTupelo

The judges say: Fun and wickedly dark, from the cow's standpoint. If haikus had titles, this one's should be "Bwahahahah."

this is Mc Nuggets
i said i want a Big Mac
fix your intercom
—maqloubeh

The judges say: We've all been there, man. Amen.

Fresh from the butcher,
When almost rare, good moist beef,
Seasoned, stands alone
—LunaPierCook

The judges say: Right on. The best burgers need little more than seasoning.

Pastures of cows & steer
Fields of golden wheat
A Burger is Born
—Q80 BurgerBelly

The judges say: Simply beautiful. Captures not only the spirit of burgers but the spirit of America at its best, as well.

Family cookout
Behind me, sizzle and smoke --
I can see burgers
—EatingInTranslation

The judges say: Evocative of Memorial Day and summer weekends in general.

Thanks to everyone who entered. And it is clear we will have to hold a burger limerick contest soon!

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Good, Authentic Mexican Cookbooks?

Digging into the Serious Eats mailbag, we find this message from a reader asking about Mexican cookbooks. Instead of answering privately and keeping other Serious Eaters out of the loop, we thought we'd post the message here so everyone could benefit. Anyone who cares to chime in may do so! —The Serious Eats Team

Dear Serious Eats,

I am in the market for a good, authentic Mexican cookbook—preferably one with a killer tamale recipe. Have you any suggestions? I've seen a lot that are tailored toward Americans (especially in terms of ingredients), but I would love to find something that, while challenging, will also be worth the effort.

Thank you for your help!

—J

Question of the Day: Do you have food allergies?

The non-food allergy season is upon us here at Serious Eats HQ, and the pollen from budding trees and plants has us itchy-eyed and sneezy. But worse than that, we thought, would be allergies brought on by our favorite foods.

So, do you or anyone you know have allergies? If so, to what? And what's the scariest food allergy incident you've dealt with?

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