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New e-book series features recipes from Mexican Cookbook Collection

New e-book series features recipes from Mexican Cookbook Collection

JULY 13, 2020 — Here’s a fun activity to add to your pandemic to-do list—get inspired by Mexican pastries.

The UTSA Libraries has created a series of digital mini-cookbooks featuring favorite recipes from the Mexican Cookbook Collection, making it even easier to explore the largest collection in the nation.

In Recetas: Cocinando en los Tiempos del Coronavirus (Recipes: Cooking in the Time of the Coronavirus), Special Collections archivists and librarians have selected several recipes to present in a fun, new way—as digital publications for chefs stuck at home.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” said Dean Hendrix, dean of UTSA Libraries. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”


“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens.”



The first edition focuses on desserts, including churros, rice pudding, chestnut flan and buñuelos. Later editions will highlight soups, sauces, sides, salsas, moles and main dishes. Rico Torres, chef and co-owner of San Antonio’s Mixtli restaurant, wrote the forward. He recently appeared in Padma Lakshmi’s Hulu series, Taste the Nation, where he spoke of the rich cultural connection Mexican food has to our state and nation.

“These recipes tell the story of families only few generations removed from the transition and genesis of a new country,” Torres said in the forward. “It is one made up of ancient indigenous culture and an enterprising new world that would cement and honor Mexico as an agricultural cradle of the world.”


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