Herencia Cookbook by Bernadette Molina
Celebrating and honoring SalviMex culture and matriarchs through food
Herencia Cookbook contains over 65 recipes: some are Mexican, some are Salvadorian, some are SalviMex, and a few are Los Angeles inspired. Additionally, each recipe is preluded by an anecdote about the person in the author's life who inspired the dish. Author Bernadette Molina shares recipes inspired by her great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and mother-in-law.
By elevating the matriarchs in her own life, the author hopes to elevate the matriarchs in all our lives. The affection that our matriarchs show us and the love and devotion we have for them is something so ingrained in the Latinx identity, that we can all find enjoyment in celebrating the señoras who raised us. Herencia Cookbook honors and celebrates SalviMex culture and matriarchs through food. How many of us Latinxs have a special love for food that a tia, mother, or grandmother makes just right? The goal of Herencia Cookbook is to give our matriarchs the respect and admiration they deserve. These women, whom we cherish so dearly, are typically not professional chefs, yet through experience and intuition, they cook amazing foods that nourish our bodies and warm our hearts.
Although Herencia Cookbook looks to matriarchs of the past, it is also a modern book: it offers hacks that can be used in the kitchen so that authentic Latin recipes can fit into on-the-go lifestyles. For instance, it includes tips to use a blender instead of a molcajete, or a food processor instead of chopping by hand to save time. In addition, you will find tips on how to enjoy these classic recipes in the most nutritious ways possible.
Finally, Herencia Cookbook is light-hearted and fun and, at times, a bit nostalgic. Other times, it is humorous. However, at its core, it always honors our ancestors. We all love the way our moms or tias or grandmas cook!
Through Herencia Cookbook, we can keep their memories alive while cooking foods that remind us of las doñas who hold a special place in our hearts. You are invited to experience all of this and more through Herencia Cookbook. ¡Buen Provecho!