Laura Anhalt’s New Cookbook is Drawing Travelers to Homeland
Laura Anhalt moved to
NY from 11 years ago. En route to Mexico
City Canada with her husband and children, she
discovered the City of
and decided to stay, raise her family and develop her English writing skills. Good Neighbors
Last year she published her first cookbook Mexican Flavors: A Journey Inspired by the Folklore and Traditions of Mexican Cuisines. Over 300 pages are chock-full of ancient recipes, beautiful full-color photographs, and stories that make it more than just a collection of dishes to serve at the dinner table; it really is a love story to family, tradition and culture.
“I found it was hard to write about the past, especially family traditions but when I started to write, I realized these stories needed to be told to my four children," Anhalt said. "Food is apart of those tales.”
Starting with four different, canvas-bound journals, one for each of her children, Anhalt began Mexican Flavors with handwritten notes. From a free-spirited daughter, to a son that is proud of his heritage, and a youngest child that is a traveler like her, Anhalt picked recipes she knew they would have a strong connection to.
“One of my daughters is like a flower, gentle. I have a son that has a strong connection to the motherland, he tends to find
everyone; and he likes chiles, tacos and salsa, so of course they can be found
in the book,” Anhalt said. “My youngest likes and finds excitement in new
culture and food.” Mexico
Black Mole Poblano with Chicken or
dish for All Saints Day; Rice with Vanilla, Fried Mashed Bananas, Raisins, and
Rum for a side dish; Red Salsa made in a Molcajete; Avocado Stuffed with Pork
Rind Salad, and also find a recipe for a Mexican Wedding Cake under Sweet
Delicacies and Desserts. Turkey
Foodies, cooks and those that love Mexican food and culture aren’t the only ones picking up Mexican Flavors. After a family friend, who is the former Secretary of Tourism in
, got a
hold of the hardcover book, she showed it to former colleagues. From one hand
to another, a copy of the book will soon be found in every Mexican embassy in
the world. Mexico
“Some of these recipes are 2,000 years old; you flip the tortillas the very same way today,” Anhalt said. “Combined with modern day customs, Mexican Flavors is about faith and humanity, and now it has the potential to touch lives.
“It’s not bound by just food or tradition, but family stories that travel . . . I am so happy.”
Mexican Flavors: A Journey Inspired by the Folklore and Traditions of Mexican Cuisines is available wherever fine books are sold.