"For high-school level students and general readers, this book discusses corn, beans, squash, tomatillos, and chile peppers and the role of these ingredients in Mexican food culture since ancient times. The book also addresses recent improvements in technology, communication, transportation, changing women's roles, and migration from country to city and to and from the United States - all of which that have made an impact on Mexican society, traditions, and eating. The panorama of food traditions in the context of European contact in the 16th century is considered, as are changes in Mexican food culture since the 1950s."
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"[P]rovides an excellent review of the ingredients in Mexican food culture and how they evolved, offering a survey of rural and urban eating alike, considering Mexican food's transitions beyond Mexico's borders, and providing an excellent blend of timeline, historical and culture overview, and culinary insights. Recipes aren't neglected either, though the series is more valued for its many culinary insights than for recipes alone."