Decolonize your Diet

Decolonize your Diet

Plant-based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing

Book - 2015
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"More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by "traditional" Mexican food by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases. Authors Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel are life partners; when Luz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, they both radically changed their diets and began seeking out recipes featuring healthy, vegetarian Mexican foods. They promote a diet rich in plants indigenous to the Americas (corn, beans, squash, greens, herbs, and seeds), and are passionate about the idea that Mexicans and Latinos/as living in the US and Canada need to ditch the fast food and return to their own culture's food roots for both physical health and spiritual fulfillment. This vegetarian cookbook features 109 colourful, delicious recipes inspired by indigenous ingredients and knowledge, such as Red Pozole with Medicinal Mushrooms, Healing Green Chileatole, Amaranth Corn Tortillas, and Prickly Pear Chia Fresca. Steeped in history, but very much rooted in the contemporary world, Decolonize Your Diet will introduce readers to the energizing, healing properties of a plant-based Mexican-American diet."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Vancouver :, Arsenal Pulp Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781551525921
1551525925
Characteristics: 253 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Esquibel, Catrióna Rueda 1965-- Author

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dogkahuna
Dec 10, 2016

This book is fantastic! It's not only a great book of recipes, but a treatise on returning to the ways and wisdom of Mesoamerican indigenous people. I've tested over 10 recipes so far and all are really tasty. Indulge your inner revolutionary and check this great book out!

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bunnyhead
May 19, 2016

I just prepared the "Kick-Ass Chayote Salad With Pickled Red Onions" recipe from this book for a work potluck, and it's outstanding. Wow...I am soooo looking forward to making more dishes out of this beautiful cookbook!

LovelyMurrell Mar 12, 2016

I love this book. It totally reminds me of Bryant Terry's work, who actually wrote the foreword in this book,

and how he uses food to tell stories of the African diaspora even if it is sometimes painful. I love learning about people and culture through food. It gives you a chance to see all the things we have in common and that are different all at the same time. and it tastes good too.

This book is full of awesome stories and really good recipes. I made the old school pinto beans and they were great. I also like how many recipes feature nopales. nopalitos are really good and they actually regulate blood sugar levels. I love the wisdom in that.

you see this all over in indigenous cultures. a population might a genetic disposition towards unstable blood sugar, but they also have the cure in the food they eat. Yams in West African food help with sickle cell, (which it self is a thrifty gene hold over for malaria)

Its wonderful to know your own culture which many of us have been taught to be ashamed of actually has the answers to many of modern issues, not just health alone.

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