Culinary Historians of New York


Ancestral Pots and Cucharamamas:

A Personal Journey Through Latin American Cooking


Maricel Presilla

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

6:30 PM Check-in and Reception | 7 PM Lecture

Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 106 East 86th Street, New York, NY  10028

From roots in medieval Spain, through Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, the food of Latin America is rich and multilayered, with techniques and flavors that both distinguish and unify them. Maricel Presilla will take us on her journey into the homes and soup pots of every Latin American country, in search of the cocina criolla, “of the land.”  From Brazilian feijoada, to Mexican moles, to the matriarchs of Ecuadorian Andes and their soup spoons or cucharamamas, she will describe the ways that these many cooking heritages are related and yet utterly individual.

A reception featuring dishes from Maricel’s new book, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America (W.W. Norton, 2012) will precede the lecture.

Maricel Presilla is a chef, restaurant-owner, and scholar. The James Beard Foundation named her Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region for her work at Cucharamama and Zafra, her two restaurants in Hoboken, NJ. She has a doctorate from New York University in medieval history. It was through her research on medieval Spain that she came to explore the rich, multilayered world of Latin American cooking that she documents in her definitive, recently published book, Gran Cocina Latina.


Park Avenue United Methodist Church

106 East 86th Street (between Park and Lexington)

New York, New York 10028


6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture


$25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Senior & Student Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests

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