Cook with your soul and spirit

Cook with your soul and spirit

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Mexico’s Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a mission to keep those traditions alive by cooking the food of her ancestors. All the dishes she cooks—including pre-hispanic mole, stuffed chiles with Oaxaca cheese and atole—are made using ancient techniques. Recognized by the world’s best chefs for her dishes, she hopes to keep the food of her ancestors alive and thriving.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

  • An indigenous group
  • Pre-colonial era
  • Keep their traditions alive
  • She has become world-famous
  • Keeping the traditional ways of cooking alive
  • A Corn-based sauce
  • She cooks chilies directly on coals
  • Foods that were eaten thousands of years ago

Map of Oaxaca :

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