“Encarnación’s Kitchen: Mexican Recipes from 19th Century California” Presented by Victor Valle
Victor Valle will be cooking up a storm! He will stir up the most amazing story of Encarnacion Pinedo who published for her readers in San Francisco, California, the first Spanish language cookbook in 1898. Often ignored by historians, cookbooks have aided in the preservation of culture. Cookbooks often included letters, memoirs, photos, and journals. Valle blends in the elements of family, genealogy, and history. Valle, well known for his storytelling skills, will present a program which he developed to pull the amazing Encarnacion Pinedo from near obscurity and place her in the cultural spotlight where she belongs.
Victor Valle began his distinguished career as a journalist at the Los Angeles Times. He later went on to teach at various universities, such as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and California State University. He also did additional research, writing, and lecturing as a Harvard fellow. Valle became interested on the impact of Mexican cuisine on the California Gold Rush. His research illustrates how food served as a way of keeping families together in spite of isolation, political upheavals, and hostile forces. He and his wife Mary Lau Valle have written two award winning books, Recipe of Memory and The Life and Recipes of Encarnacion Pinedo.
Election of our 2017 Board of Directors is coming! Please attend our December 3, 2016 Holiday Meeting to vote. It’s not too late to add your name to the hat to run for any office position, or to be on a committee.
And Holiday Pot Luck
What’s for Lunch on December 3? It’s a Potluck!
In the past, we have enjoyed tamales, enchiladas, delicious casseroles, pozole and more. We need mostly entrees and a few healthy salads, too. Desserts are also welcome. We will provide the drinks and paper goods. This is your opportunity to share with GSHA-SC your favorite cooking recipes. We do not have a stove at the SCGS Library where we meet in Burbank, so please bring a crockpot to keep your foods warm.
Please email the name of the food item you want to share in the great spirit of Christmas and the
holidays to Rita Vega-Acevedo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to bring your checkbook. Consider buying a book as a gift for the holidays. We are also happy to collect your dues for 2017. Dues help us continue to provide great speakers and events throughout the year. More importantly, sign up to be a volunteer!