Cinco de Mayo
“Well, it’s probably a little uncharitable to call it a fake holiday, because Cinco de Mayo does celebrate something very real — namely liberation from the French (haw haw) during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Although it’s not celebrated in any big way in Mexico, it’s a huge part of Mexican-American culture. And what better way to flip a bird at the French than to make some really good Mexican food?
So we teamed up with Pati Jinich, the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. and author of Pati’s Mexican Table, to get some invaluable advice on how to cook authentic Mexican food at home…”
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The Daily Meal: 5 Authentic Mexican Dishes for Cinco de Mayo
I had a fun conversation with Cathy Erway on her show “Eat Your Words” for the Brooklyn-based Heritage Radio Network. We covered so much! Listen in to hear us chatting about the differences in how Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the US versus Mexico, my recipes, Mexican ingredients, yummy tacos and more.
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1 MAY 2010
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day — but it does mark the brilliant Mexican military triumph over Napoleon III’s invasion force on May 5th, 1962. The defeat hampered the French to such an extent that they could no longer provide help to the American Confederate cause, which certainly contributed to its downfall the following year. Plenty to celebrate, north and south of the border!
In collaboration with Chef de Cuisine Alfredo Solis, we will demonstrate the preparation of four dishes from the Cinco de Mayo tasting menu.
Memories from growing up in Mexico City revolve around one celebration or another and mostly center on the foods that just had to be there. If there was no holiday, anniversary, birthday or special occasion for a formal celebration, then we celebrated the food itself. Just say the magic words and a get together would spring right up.
Nana made tamales? Fiesta!
Mami made mole? Well, what are you waiting for?
Papi brought real quesadillas potosinas? It is Sunday brunch everyone…
However, as much as I can remember, we didn’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo. As kids we reviewed it in passing at school, unless you lived in the state of Puebla. The place, where on a Cinco de Mayo in 1862, a small Mexican militia won an unexpected victory against the large French army. It was a short-lived victory, as the French won right back.
But fast-forward almost a couple centuries later: the French and Spaniards are gone, Mexicans proudly celebrate Independence Day every September 16th, and for a reason no Mexican can explain, Cinco de Mayo has become the most celebrated, joyous and colorful holiday for Mexicans living abroad. It even surpasses the noise we make for Independence Day.
Continue reading Chilorio for Cinco de Mayo!
“En la reunión de redacción previa a la edición del Cinco de Mayo surgió la idea de reunir a un grupo de mexicanos que vivieran en el área y que representaran acción pura, que destacaran en sus trabajos, que reflejaran los valores, las ganas, la rebeldía y la fuerza del inmigrante que se abre camino y alcanza una meta. Surgieron nombres a borbotones. La lista final se consolidó en seis: Ricardo Juarez, activista; Patricia Jinich, chef; Gustavo Velasquez, director de la Oficina de Derechos Humanos en DC… “
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El Tiempo Latino May 1 2009.pdf