Creating Something New
From the readings, I gather that for Encarnacion Pinedo that this was not just a large defining moment of writing a first all spanish cookbook, but it was ensuring that future generations understood the importance of food in their heritage. While in 1898, an all spanish cookbook was an impressive step in that direction, the other element was that it was written by a women in a male dominated field where many didn’t have a voice. Though the significance, for me, is leaving something behind for future generations to share and use to honor traditions before them. I believe that she left these books for her nieces to show that even marrying a “Yankee”, Pindeo would not leave behind her culture. Reading this made me think of all the brown stained note cards in cursive that my great-grandma’s had left behind for my family. Anywhere from polish soups to a simple cookie recipe, it is all written down and kept in a safe space for us to reference, mainly during the holidays. I believe my generation is fighting to understand all of our unique cultures and learning more about that people and ways we would come together as a family at the end of the day. So by Pinedo writing these cookbooks, she not only was paving the way for female writers and pushing against societal norms, she was leaving a physical copy of their culture for her family to look back on later on.