Dining in Oaxaca: 12 Essentials in Mexico’s Food Capital

Since the 1960’s when Diana Kennedy – – the “Julia Child of Mexican food” – – first championed the diversity of its regional cuisines, Americans have been slowly expanding their knowledge beyond Swanson’s frozen Mexican TV dinners and Taco Bell. Scott shares some great info on Oaxacan cuisine, which is known for its delicious moles and use of banana leaves instead of corn husks for tamales.

A Gringo in Mexico

OAXACA DE JUAREZ, OAXACA – Over 10,000 years ago, small tribes that had hunted and searched for food during the Ice Age settled into the Valley of Oaxaca and a life of farming the grains, vegetables and plants they had previously foraged. Over time, cooking and local food sourcing traditions from the indigenous Zapotec to the Mixtec blended with those of the invading Spaniards in the 16th century.

1. Oaxacan Cuisine: A Bounty of Culture and Taste

Today, Oaxaca is internationally renowned as one of the food capitals of Mexico (along with Michoacán, Puebla and Baja California), its cuisine named an “intangible” UNESCO asset in 2013. From the street, to the market, to the high-end hacienda, Oaxaca’s colorful and varied gastronomic offerings range from street pozole to modern takes on traditional Oaxacan cuisine at foodie restaurants such as La Catedral, Casa Oaxaca and Los Danzantes.

Mercado Benito Juarez, Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico Produce at Mercado Benito…

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June 26 – Today’s Food History

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

National Chocolate Pudding Day

Today’s Food History

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1797 Charles Newbold patented the first cast-iron plow. Farmers had doubts about the effect of the iron on the soil.

1848 The first pure food laws were enacted in the U.S.

1870 The original wooden boardwalk in Atlantic City was built. It was taken up during the winter months, and was replaced with a larger boardwalk in 1880, which was destroyed in a hurricane in 1889. It was rebuilt again, and in 1898 rebuilt with steel.

1910 Roy J. Plunkett was born. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.

1949 Larry Taylor of the rock group ‘Canned Heat’ was born. 1959 In Montreal, Queen Elizabeth and President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

1963 President…

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