For most people, Mexico is synonymous with tequila, mariachis, chiles and poinsettias. Not many are aware that it is also the land where corn, chocolate, vanilla and avocados originated.
For a quick introduction to Mexican Cuisine, click on the following link : Gastronomy of Mexico
Mexican cuisine is so interwoven with the country’s centuries-old cultural traditions that in 2010 it received UNESCO status as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
“Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model comprising farming, ritual practices, age-old skills, culinary techniques and ancestral community customs and manners. The basis of the system is founded on corn, beans and chili; unique farming methods such as milpas (rotating swidden fields of corn and other crops) and chinampas (man-made farming islets in lake areas); cooking processes such as nixtamalization (lime-hulling maize, which increases its nutritional value); and singular utensils including grinding stones and stone mortars. Native ingredients such as varieties of tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa and vanilla augment the basic staples.Mexican cuisine is elaborate and symbol-laden, with everyday tortillas (tohr-teeh-yahs) and tamales (tah-mah-lehs), both made of corn, forming an integral part of “Day of the Dead” offerings. Collectives of female cooks and other practitioners devoted to raising crops and traditional cuisine are found all across Mexico.”
The following video describes it all : Traditional Mexican Cuisine
Before I proceed further I would like you all to watch this lovely video Mexican Cuisine
I hope you all enjoyed the video! Now, let me inform you that you can read everything about Mexican Cuisine in my book “A Guide to Mexican Cuisine” which is part of my soon-to-be-published three-book series on Mexico.
This book of mine provides detailed information on the history and the making of the present Mexican cuisine, enriched by various influences from all parts of the world. It details the Mexican food habits, native ingredients and flavors, traditional and popular dishes, regional and festive delicacies, drinks and desserts. I have also added some lovely photos and popular easy recipes in it. The Spanish words used in the book are listed at the end with their meanings and Mexican Spanish pronunciations.
More details…the book chapters include: Introduction to Mexican Cuisine, The Native Mexican Diet, Corn and Beans, Chile and Salsa, The Spanish Influence, French & Other Influences, Antojitos – The Traditional Appetizers, Regional Cuisine, Mealtime Customs, Festive Dishes, Fruit Drinks & Beverages, Tequila & The Agave Drinks, Desserts & Ice-creams, Sweets & Candies, and Recipes.
I hope I got you all interested in my book 🙂
This is just the beginning…stay tuned for more on Mexican food! For now, just sit back and enjoy this lovely track The Last of the Mohicans 🙂
See you soon…take care 🙂