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Connections between what people eat and who they are--between cuisine and identity--reach deep into Mexican history, beginning with pre-Columbian inhabitants offering sacrifices of human flesh to maize gods in hope of securing plentiful crops. This cultural history of food in Mexico traces the influence of gender, race, and class on food preferences from Aztec times to the present and relates cuisine to the formation of national identity.

The metate and mano, used by women for grinding corn and chiles since pre-Columbian times, remained essential to preparing such Mexican foods as tamales, tortillas, and mole poblano well into the twentieth century. Part of the ongoing effort by intellectuals and political leaders to Europeanize Mexico was an attempt to replace corn with wheat. But native foods and flavors persisted and became an essential part of indigenista ideology and what it meant to be authentically Mexican after 1940, when a growing urban middle class appropriated the popular native foods of the lower class and proclaimed them as national cuisine.

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This cultural history of food in Mexico traces the influence of gender, race, and class on food preferences from Aztec times to the present.

About the Author

Jeffrey M. Pilcher is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. He is also author of Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity, The Human Tradition in Mexico, and Food in World History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826318732
Author:
Pilcher, Jeffrey M.
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Editor:
Johnson, Lyman L.
Location:
Albuquerque :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Cookery, mexican
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Mexico Social life and customs.
Subject:
Food habits -- Mexico -- History.
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
World History-Mexico
Subject:
Latin American studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Dialogos (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
253
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » Mexican
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Latin America » Mexico
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Mexico

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