Cookbooks, Cuisine and Cultura

July 9, 2020 | Noon - 1 pm

Join us for a savory discussion of culture, food and history as we explore the UTSA Libraries’ Mexican Cookbook Collection, the nation’s largest. San Antonio chef Rico Torres of Mixtli, Texas food writer and chef Adan Medrano and the Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio Rubén Minutti will join the UTSA Libraries to discuss the cultural bridge food can build between the U.S. and Mexico and the role our city plays in preserving this rich, unique history.


Dean Hendrix

Dean Hendrix, Moderator

Dean of UTSA Libraries

As Dean of Libraries, Dean Hendrix provides leadership, strategic direction and vision for the UTSA Libraries. Working with librarians, staff, faculty, students and the broader UTSA community, Dean aligns the libraries' services, spaces and expertise with the research, educational, community engagement and public service mission of the university. Identified as one of the top 20 librarian contributors to library and information science literature worldwide, his research focuses on bibliometrics, research impact, data management, strategic planning, social networks and e-textbooks.


Adán Medrano


Adán Medrano is a food writer and chef, specializing in the indigenous foods of Texas and the Americas. His book, Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes, published by Texas Tech University Press, received the “Finalist, Book Of The Year” award from Foreword Reviews. In his most recent history and cookbook, “Don’t Count The Tortillas--The Art Of Texas Mexican Cooking,” Medrano focuses on how this singular cuisine is showing the way towards a better understanding of what it means to be “American.”

Amy Rushing

Amy Rushing

Assistant Dean, Head of Special Collections

Amy provides leadership, oversight and strategic vision to shape the future of Special Collections at UTSA. By engaging in outreach to the UTSA and San Antonio communities, Amy promotes the awareness and use of Special Collections’ resources, services, programs and initiatives. Amy’s leadership supports Special Collections’ vision to bring national recognition to the university by developing distinctive research collections that document the diverse histories of San Antonio and South Texas.

Rico Torres

Rico Torres

Chef of Mixtli

Rico Torres is chef/co-owner of Restaurant Mixtli in San Antonio. Early on he was immersed in the heritage of Zacatecas and greater Mexico, both in travel and through daily life. Even as a child Rico knew the kitchen held his heart. In October 2003 he started Rico Caters, a small catering service. Rico Caters quickly became known for its innovative cuisine and exceptional customer service. Rico has continued to dedicate himself to his craft, learning by any means necessary, including staging in different kitchens around the country. Mixtli is the natural evolution to serve his next higher purpose; to re-embrace his heritage and to create.

Ruben Minutti Zanatta

Rubén Minutti Zanatta

Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio

Rubén Minutti Zanatta is the Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, Texas, since January 2020. Previously, Dr. Minutti Zanatta was a Magistrate on the Mexico City Administrative Court from 2003-2019, a position he was confirmed to in 2009. Prior to entering public service, Dr. Minutti Zanatta worked in private practice specializing in litigation. He holds a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derechoin Mexico City, which he received with honors for his thesis Information as a Right. Additionally, he earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and a Ph.D., with honors, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).


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