Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel, California-based authors of the award-winning book Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing (2015), are making their first trip to Dallas March 22-23 and will be conducting a mini-residency with community events involving cooking demos, lectures, book signings and a potluck dinner. All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations needed.
More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by “traditional” Mexican food by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases of development. Calvo and Esquibel are life partners; when Calvo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, they both radically changed their diets and began seeking out recipes featuring healthy, vegetarian Mexican foods. They promote a diet that is rich in plants indigenous to the Americas (corn, beans, squash, greens, herbs and seeds), and are passionate about the idea that Latinos in America, specifically Mexicans, need to ditch the fast food and return to their own culture’s food roots for both physical health and spiritual fulfillment. Calvo and Esquibel are professors at California State East Bay and San Francisco State University, respectively, and grow fruits, vegetables and herbs on their small urban farm.
The book recently won first place for “Best Cookbook” in the 2016 International Latino Book Awards.
Community events are as follows:
Wednesday, March 22
1 p.m.-- Cooking demo/lecture/book signing
Doolin Gallery in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the campus of SMU, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas 75205
7 p.m.-- Cooking demo/lecture/book signing
Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas 75208
Thursday, March 23
6 p.m.-- Decolonize Your Diet community potluck dinner and conversation (informal; anyone wishing to attend may bring a dish of choice to share)
Bachman Lake Together Family Center, 9507 Overlake Drive, Dallas 75220
The mini-residency is presented by Ignite/Arts Dallas, a program launched by SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 2015 to integrate artistic practice and community engagement in ways that involve Meadows School students, the wider SMU campus, the city of Dallas and the arts field at large.
For more information call 214.768.2417 or visit smu.edu/igniteartsdallas.