Dear Friends, Welcome to EatDrinkFilms! In our eighteenth issue, we head south to eat Mexican desserts with Dianne Boate, drink tequila with our friends from Chronicle Books, and critically analyze the work of Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, plus more. (Click on "Letter from the Editors" for our full guide to this edition.)
There was a terrible sound from the kitchen, an ominous chorus. I took another sip of champagne, closed my eyes, and waited for the four folks in the kitchen to report their mischief. These well-meaning individuals had decided to cook up a spaghetti / meat sauce dinner-–(“You won’t have to do a thing, Dianne.”) Dianne wasn’t about to do anything, having cooked and baked her heart out for 12 people at a Stern Grove Concert Consular Corps Table picnic that day.
More than just the shot of choice and the foundation for margaritas, tequila is a liquor rich in history and lore. Created from the distilled juice of the agave plant, tequila enjoys widespread fame as a prized position in Mesoamerican society. Understanding the creation and development of tequila adds depth to its enjoyment and appreciation; Karl Petzke’s Tequila: Myth, Magic & Spirited Recipes offers the perfect key to unlock the complex world of this storied beverage, with information about the history, making, and tasting of tequila.
Arturo Ripstein Rosen (born Mexico City, December 13, 1943) has one of the most interesting bodies of work. A third-generation Mexican Jew, he is the son of the late producer Alfredo Ripstein Jr. who began producing films in the 1940s until roughly his death in 2007, including El crimen del padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro , 2002), El callejón de los milagros (Midaq Alley , 1995) as well as Principio y fin (The Beginning and the End , 1993) directed by his son Arturo. His mother Frieda Rosen was from El Paso, Texas.