Mexican Bread by Maricela Avelar Scott is a treat for the eyes and palette all the while masquerading as a warm family biography of an extended Latino family.
A Family Biography with Old Mexican World Recipes
75 pp. Infinity Publishing
This Latina author weaves her personal family history in with her love of pan dulce. Avelar Scott skillfully uses her life experiences and love affair with Mexican bread to describe her traditional Hispanic family. Mexican bread has been there with the author and her family during time of joys, celebrations and in times of mourning. We especially loved reading her cherished “Mexican bread moment” in the telling of her father’s death.
Her very large extended family is often lovingly referred to as “my Mexican bread family.”
For the reader that wants to get to the sweet part (excuse the pun) of the book they just have to go to the Traditional Recipes section to start feasting. There you will find Old World Mexican recipes for empanadas, chilaquiles, amongst other favorites.
The author is the youngest of five in a close knit family, therefore the book aptly concludes with family photos. This book is the second by Maricela Avelar Scott, her first is titled “How to be a Fabulous Aunt”.
An enjoyable read for anyone that loves family story telling.