Encarnacion’s Kitchen

Encarnacion’s Kitchen begins with detailing the missing accounts of Mexicano women following the conquest of the Southeast of America. Historians did not analyze the differences of perception from Mexicano women of the conquest, but instead only delves into the Male perspective. Penido’s cookbook allows us to see one perspective of the culture within California prior to American control. The authors reveal information about Penido’s family and heritage to show how she was connected to the rapidly changing political and social climate of California at this time. In order to raise the status of her book, she referred to it as “Spanish” which allowed for more respect from the colonizers; however, because the book was written in Spanish, it was not produced heavily and was mostly kept in private libraries. Her cookbooks stand as a testament to the cuisine culture of a people who were slowly pressed under the thumb of the Anglo superiority complex that suppressed and crushed her culture. Her recipes reflected the changing environment with traditional Hispanic meals combining with the local ingredients.

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