Diana Kennedy

Diana Kennedy is an international ambassador of authentic Mexican cuisine, having committed her life to its preservation and protection. She has published nine cookbooks to international acclaim, and won the James Beard Award in 2011 for Oaxaca al Gusto. In 1982, Diana was decorated with an Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government for propagating the cuisine and tourism of Mexico. She also received a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2002 for strengthening cultural ties between Mexico and the United Kingdom. Diana is also a 2014 inductee into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. contactors4garage.com

When Diana Kennedy arrived in Mexico in the early 1950s from the United Kingdom, she realized a need to preserve the wealth of native ingredients and traditional recipes that were being lost to the migration of Mexican farmers to more urban, industrial livelihoods. She began documenting everything she found in villages, markets, and homes across the country, compelled by a fascination with Mexico’s rich culinary tapestry. Over the course of nearly sixty years, Diana traversed the country, meticulously researching, documenting, and mastering the culinary styles of each region. Now, these traditions are collectively designated as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

 

Diana Kennedy's cookbooks include:

The Cuisines of Mexico
The Tortilla Book
Recipes from the Regional Cooks of Mexico revised as Mexican Regional Cooking
Nothing Fancy 
The Art of Mexican Cooking
My Mexico
The Essential Cuisines of Mexico
From My Mexican Kitchen—Techniques and Ingredients
Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy