A BIG, BIG, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Diana Kennedy for receiving the James Beard Foundation's Best Cookbook of the Year Award for
There are very few cookbooks that are this spectacular (and heavy, 6 pounds)! It took Diana nearly 16 years of trips to Oaxaca in her faith-full pick-up truck to collect the recipes and information for this master piece. And this at an age when most people prefer a seat on the couch to a pick-up truck.
And she drives like a bat out of hell! She is really good!
Lots of fun, specially on very curvy roads like Mil Cumbres in Michoacan.
What a role model for me, not the driving part, but her energy and spirit.
"A British citizen, Diana Southwood went to Mexico in 1957 to marry Paul P. Kennedy of theNew York Times. Today she is widely considered the foremost researcher, teacher, and writer on the regional foods of Mexico and has written eight books on the subject. She has been bestowed the highest honor given to foreigners by the Mexican government, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, for her work of disseminating Mexican culture through its foods. She has also received numerous awards from other gastronomic institutions and was decorated with an MBE by Queen Elizabeth for her work in strengthening cultural relations between Mexico and the United Kingdom, as well as for her work for the environment, which is always reflected in her texts. For the past thirty years, her studies have been centered around her ecological house in the state of Michoacán."