I’ve wanted to send this update for about 4 months now! I was eager to send earlier updates but the most important one is this: we have launched a brand-new English website for Comidas Que Curan, designed from scratch by my closest friend and collaborator: Jesus Milian.
On the website you can find information about our project, and we have also included a section with all the recipes presented in Raspando Coco, plus several other bonus recipes in English (some even have videos!). Many people have requested the recipes after watching Raspando Coco. You can view and enjoy them here:
There are many more recipes and videos in our blog in Spanish comidasquecuran.com.ec which you can access from the English website by clicking “Español.”
I am headed to the airport to fly to my home-country, Ecuador. This trip is a true icebreaker, after my previous trip was cancelled early last year due to covid, so emotions are running high. I am eager to reconnect with friends, collaborators and most importantly reunite with family after several painful losses. I am even more determined now to continue this work to honor their legacy and teachings.
Next week my friend Alejandra Zambrano and I will be teaching a long-overdue, intensive workshop on Ethnographic Documentary directed to youth in the rural coast in Manabí, Ecuador, the region where we first started working on Comidas Que Curan. This workshop is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Cultural Heritage (INPC) in Ecuador and will be transformed into an online class offered through the Seeds Savers Network education platform www.madresemilla.com.
We will teach and learn with a group of children and youth 8-18 how to conduct ethnographic research about their local food heritage and document it in three short films. This project is so close to our hearts, and we are beyond excited.
My deepest gratitude for the kind invitations and opportunities to present our work at various institutions and events throughout these past five months, including the Just Food Conference (NYU), CETYS Mexico-Pacific Oaks College, Brooklyn Public Library, Ancestral Health Symposium and Napa Valley College.
GRACIAS to each one of you for supporting this work!
With much appreciation and even more excitement,
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