East City Bookshop welcomes chef Bricia Lopez with her cookbook Oaxaca, a colorful celebration of Oaxacan cuisine from the landmark Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles. Bricia will be joined by award-winning chef, cookbook author, and television host Pati Jinich.
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“Bricia and her family are true culinary ambassadors, sharing the ingredients, the stories, and the flavors of her native Oaxaca." --- José Andrés, Chef and Owner of ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés
"The thrilling new cookbook Oaxaca accomplishes that rare feat of capturing a place so vividly it not only make you want to go there, it brings you there by simply picking up this wonderful tribute to a land and its people." -- Nancy Silverton, chef and co-owner of Mozza Restaurant Group
Oaxaca is the culinary heart of Mexico, the land of the seven moles, the birthplace of mezcal, and the home of so many rich flavors—from the corn to the chiles, herbs, spices, and chocolate. Guelaguetza is a James Beard Award–winning restaurant that has been the center of life for the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, founded by Oaxacan immigrants and run by the same family today. Oaxaca is the first true introduction to Oaxacan cuisine by a native family, showcasing the soul food of Mexico in 140 recipes.
Oaxaca leads all other Mexican states when it comes to the preservation of indigenous flavors, ingredients, and techniques through the centuries, and the book will break these down step by step, including identifying the many types of chiles and proper ways to prepare them, how to use a tortilla press, and more. Each recipe included is both authentic and approachable, inviting enough to cook at home and also to illustrate the story of the Lopez family in their journey from Oaxaca to Los Angeles. Featuring favorites like Guelaguetza’s signature pink horchata and the award-winning mole negro, Oaxaca demystifies this essential cuisine.
Bricia Lopez is an entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, and a key figure in Los Angeles’ gastronomic scene. Through her family’s James Beard award-winning restaurant, Guelaguetza in Los Angeles’s Koreatown, she and her siblings have put Oaxacan cuisine and culture at the forefront of today’s dynamic culinary scene. Her influence extends to the beverage industry too. The New Yorker called Bricia the “Queen of Mezcal.” This year she opened Vegas’s first ever mezcal bar – ‘Mama Rabbit” inside The Park MGM. Her cookbook – OAXACA, Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico – was released on October 22, 219, and available everywhere books are sold. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and travels frequently to Oaxaca. Bricia Lopez was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles to the Board of Convention and Tourism Development on March 2019.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is host of the two time James Beard Award-winning PBS television series “PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE,” now airing its eighth season nationwide. Pati is also resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. and author of two cookbooks, “Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking” and “Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen.” A former political analyst focused on Mexican political institutions and US-Mexico relations at the Inter-American Dialogue, Pati holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She switched policy papers for cooking pots to make exploring and sharing Mexico’s cuisine her life’s work. Pati has resided in the Washington, D.C. area for the past 18 years, where she and her husband are raising their three Mexican-American boys.