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On Zarela’s Mind

Mi Papi -José Martínez Solano

Mi Papi -José Martínez Solano

  There is no greater sin than to not develop your talents, my father José Martínez Solano   Today my father would have been 104 years old. I want to celebrate mi Papi.  Up until the time of her death…

La Candelaria (Candlemas Day)

La Candelaria (Candlemas Day)

When I was doing research for my book, “Food from my Heart,” I uncharacteristically made a trip to Oaxaca in the winter. On every visit to this magical place that is my spiritual home, my first stop is the Benito…

Barney Rosset another giant is gone

Barney Rosset another giant is gone

When Jamie Gillis, my long-time companion met Barney Rosset it was as if he had met God and he would always sit at his hero’s feet.  Barney almost single-handedly did away with censorship in the United States by publishing books…

Seven Basic Rules for Cooking Mexican Food

Seven Basic Rules for Cooking Mexican Food

          A friend from Austria visited me  on a day when there were several volunteers helping put together a tasting of some new dishes I’ve been working on. He was amazed, almost incredulous, that someone would…

My Mother, Aida Gabilondo

My Mother, Aida Gabilondo

  March 7th  would have been my mother’s 97th birthday . She was an exceptional woman and, every year,  I  like to share a little bit from a book I’ve been working on about the lessons I learned from different…

Sobremesa

Sobremesa

In most Latin American countries, there is a sacred tradition called the sobremesa, the after-lunch, after-dinner interlude filled with pleasant conversation, jokes, stories, singing, and dancing that sometimes goes  on until dinner time  I have to figure out how to…

La Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz

La Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz

Picture by Carlos Baizabal On September 17,  2010, Hurriccane Karl unleashed its fury, stirring  the waters of the mighty Papaloapan river to a feverish pitch and flooding the  picture-perfect, candy colored Tlacotalpan, Veracruz. The waist-high waters would not recede for 19…

To Mothers Everywhere-My Mother’s Pantry

To Mothers Everywhere-My Mother’s Pantry

  La Familia and Dia de las Madres Family is at the center of Mexican culture and the family as a group is the top priority. We live in a joyous extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, real or “de…

Craig Claiborne’s magic wand: A modern fairytale

Craig Claiborne’s magic wand: A modern fairytale

I got this bit of good news today about a fun exhibit, Handwritten Recipes from the World’s Great Chefs on Exhibit at The Culinary Institute of America . Now this is great! I am so excited. Paul Prudhomme “discovered” me…