We are a group of students from the University of Arizona who study the indigenous way of life. As a group we got together to create a cookbook with a wide range of recipes involving Latin American foods. We have collected the recipes from local restaurants, family members, and food blogs. We hope you enjoy browsing our creation.
Food is life. It has given birth to countless human societies. The cultivation of food has always been considered sacred practice which continues to this day. Throughout history, people have felt a connection with the land. The food we eat is a representation of ourselves. By abusing food, we abuse ourselves. Currently, many argue that food is under attack by agricultural conglomerates and scientific researchers in the hopes of profiting from the industrialization of that which sustains us. Over time, the essence of food, the part that we personally connect with on an individual and spiritual level, has been replaced with a focus on monetization and mass production. In this sense, our identities are at risk.
The purpose of this cookbook is to not only provide healthy alternatives to traditional recipes but to inspire the people of our region to reconnect with their Ricas Raíces, or “tasty roots.” So as a group of students we hope to inspire you to cook fresh, healthy and traditional.