Encarnacion 1&2

I very much enjoyed taking a look at both pieces of literature. Encarnacion 1 seems to provide more of a detailed history of Pinedo’s revolutionary cookbook while simultaneously commending her work and placing what was seemingly a simple cookbook within a broader historical context. To elaborate, the article stresses multiple times that Pinedo’s work is a reflection of a proud Californio woman who was pioneering her and her peoples’ identity in a time when it was still very much dismissed and erased. Encarnacion 1 also draws on the intersectionality between gender and race during the mid-late 19th century and how this both affected and inspired Pinedo in her endeavor to author this book. The article suggests that Pinedo’s cookbook is a method of preserving the past through culinary ingredients and traditions while also offering background on Ms. Pinedo’s life and ancestry to establish the importance of her work for both her people and American history as a whole. Encarnacion 2 takes a look at the specific recipes enclosed within the cookbook in what look to be English translations (I believe it was written in Spanish). It is interesting to see the ingredients that seem common to many of the dishes such as garlic, parsley, an element of spice (such as various types of peppers), and toasted bread. These two articles offered insight into the history of many treasured cooking traditions which is an area I myself seldom take the time to stop and consider when studying the past.

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  1. Nice job! It’s a great cookbook too; the original is around 800 pages, but there is a shortened version that our reading is from.

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