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Platicas y Pruebas: Female Pioneers in Mexican Cooking

Platicas y Pruebas: Female Pioneers in Mexican Cooking

Thursday 3/14 at 7:00pm 

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Learn about two women who changed the face of cooking in Mexico – Vicenta Torres de Rubio and Josefina Velasquez de Leon.

In 1896, Vicenta Torres de Rubio was the first woman to publish a cookbook, Cocina michoacana. For three decades, Josefina Velasquez de Leon led a cooking empire that lasted until the mid-1960s, publishing 140 cookbooks, including the first bilingual cookbook printed in the United States. A tasting will be offered as part of the program. ($25)

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A Conch Crawl with Leslie Mialma of Winsome

A Conch Crawl with Leslie Mialma of Winsome

This article was first featured in Life & Thyme.

Tasting Pan Dulce in East Los Angeles

The thought of spending a morning tasting conchas, the ubiquitous shell-shaped Mexican pastry, is pretty much what my dreams are made of. The only thing that could possibly make such an adventure more appealing is sharing that experience with pastry chef Leslie Mialma of Winsome in Los Angeles’ Echo Park. Mialma, who grew up just south in Orange County, makes inventive treats representative of the LA’s dynamic, multicultural influences, and is a studied hand in both pastry arts and food history.

Growing up on the border of Texas and Mexico, my family and I would go to grocery stores on both sides of the border. For the basics, we stuck to the H.E.B. in Laredo on the Texas side. But in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, we went to Soriana for the good stuff: string cheese, real Coca-Cola, mangos I can still smell, and best of all, pan dulce—Mexican sweet bread. Nothing was better than grabbing a beat-up metal tray and loading it with campechanascemitasorejas, and the family favorite, conchas (“concha” is Spanish for seashell, to which the pastries’ vanilla or chocolate cookie crust topping bears a resemblance).