The History Of Mexican Cuisine

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The history of Mexican cuisine tells a story about different regions having distinct ways of cooking and choosing foods to eat. For instance, cooking teachers have attempted to associate the date of origin of certain Mesoamerican foods to successive rulers of Xochimilco, “Xaopantzin (1379-1397) with the vegetable dish huauhtzontles, Ozolt (1397-1411) with enchidalike chilaquiles, and Tilhuatzin (1437-1442) with herb stuffed quiltamales” (Pilcher, 139). The Revolution in Mexico is considered to be the first social revolution of the time. With the primary cause being the 30-year presidency of Porfirio Díaz, other reasons included the seizure of the property of indigenous lands by wealthy hacendados and the growing inequality between the…show more content…
Additionally, everyone has a deep personal connection with the simple act of eating because what one person prefers to eat might be different for another individual. As individuals, we are each born into a culture that most likely has a cuisine different from what others prefer or are accustomed to. All of our palates are distinctly unique. To provide an example of the aforementioned, the Spanish invaded Mexico in the 16th century, and they brought along with them their own kinds of foods, with wheat holding a particular importance. The Spaniards made attempts so that Mexicans too would have the same liking to wheat as they did, but the reality was that Mexico had a strong attachment to corn. And while the introduction of wheat caused corn to be thought of as nutrient deficient, Porfirian intellectual elites later found that their maize was as equally healthy. It had always been tradition for the people of Mexico to use corn for their meals. They used it in their diets, to make tortillas and tamales, and they also preferred the taste of corn to the taste of wheat anyways. Therefore, the superiority that wheat was thought to have versus corn was not as great as was previously supposed. Mexico’s traditional food did not remain the same after influences of the Spanish, and even those of India and other regions, were brought to the table. With
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