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Encarnacion's Kitchen: Mexican Recipes from Nineteenth-Century California / Edition 1
     

Encarnacion's Kitchen: Mexican Recipes from Nineteenth-Century California / Edition 1

by Encarnacion Pinedo, Victor Valle
 

ISBN-10: 0520246764

ISBN-13: 9780520246768

Pub. Date: 10/24/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

In 1991 Ruth Reichl, then a Los Angeles Times food writer, observed that much of the style now identified with California cuisine, and with nouvelle cuisine du Mexique, was practiced by Encarnación Pinedo a century earlier. A landmark of American cuisine first published in 1898 as El cocinero español (The Spanish Cook), Encarnación's

Overview

In 1991 Ruth Reichl, then a Los Angeles Times food writer, observed that much of the style now identified with California cuisine, and with nouvelle cuisine du Mexique, was practiced by Encarnación Pinedo a century earlier. A landmark of American cuisine first published in 1898 as El cocinero español (The Spanish Cook), Encarnación's Kitchen is the first cookbook written by a Hispanic in the United States, as well as the first recording of Californio food—Mexican cuisine prepared by the Spanish-speaking peoples born in California. Pinedo's cookbook offers a fascinating look into the kitchens of a long-ago culture that continues to exert its influence today.

Of some three hundred of Pinedo's recipes included here—a mixture of Basque, Spanish, and Mexican—many are variations on traditional dishes, such as chilaquiles, chiles rellenos, and salsa (for which the cook provides fifteen versions). Whether describing how to prepare cod or ham and eggs (a typical Anglo dish labeled "huevos hipócritas"), Pinedo was imparting invaluable lessons in culinary history and Latino culture along with her piquant directions.
In addition to his lively, clear translation, Dan Strehl offers a remarkable view of Pinedo's family history and of the material and literary culture of early California cooking. Prize-winning journalist Victor Valle puts Pinedo's work into the context of Hispanic women's testimonios of the nineteenth century, explaining how the book is a deliberate act of cultural transmission from a traditionally voiceless group.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520246768
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/24/2005
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture Series
Edition description:
First Edition, Selections from Encarnacion Pinedo's El cocinero espanol
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Curse of Tea and Potatoes: The Life and Recipes of Encarnación Pinedo

In Encarnación’s Kitchen
El cocinero español—The Spanish Cook
A Note on the Text
Dedication

Introduction: The Art of Cooking

Recetas—Recipes
Sopas, Pan, Huevos—Soups, Breads, Eggs
Pescado—Fish
Aves—Poultry
Carne—Meat
Verduras y Maíz—Vegetable and Corn Dishes
Rellenos—Stuffings
Salsas—Sauces
Dulces—Desserts and Sweets


Ingredients and Procedures
Bibliography

Index

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