This Chef Keeps the Flavors of Ancient Mexico Alive

This Chef Keeps the Flavors of Ancient Mexico Alive


(bright music) (speaking in foreign language) – [Narrator] The Zapotecs are the main indigenous group living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Once a thriving civilization
of the pre-Colonial era, they still keep their
traditions very much alive. Introducing Zapotecan Abigail Mendoza, one of Mexico’s most respectable chefs. (speaking in foreign language) Cooking since the age of 5, she has become world famous for keeping the ancestral and traditional Zapotecan
ways of cooking alive. (speaking in foreign language) With these tools, Abigail is making dishes like the seguesa, a pre-Hispanic mole, which has a corn-based
sauce, chilies and turkey. She also cooks chilies directly on coal, stuffed with squash blossom seeds, and topped with a melted Oaxacan cheese. And these are all foods that were eaten thousands of years ago. (speaking in foreign language)

100 thoughts on “This Chef Keeps the Flavors of Ancient Mexico Alive”

  1. Es un orgullo para mí saber de mí Oaxaca y hablar de nuestra sabrosa comida yo soy un mixteco a mucha honra yo hablo mi hermosa lengua saludos

  2. The erasure of the Native American peoples is truly one of the biggest travesties to have ever taken place, they all have such amazing languages and cultures!!!

  3. Bland food no spices not even salt or pepper!
    Two people cost 300 American dollars and it’s cash only!
    Horrible overpriced shit!
    Taco Bell tastes 1000 times better

  4. It's wonderful how you can hear that her Spanish differs from the rest of mexican accents as in Oaxaca many places still have their native tongue as their first language.

  5. As someone with Mexican parents (although both were from Michiocan and Jalisco), I would like to try this ancient cuisine.

  6. Wow! Ya tenía mucho que no veía un metate me da gusto saber que aún se están guardado algunas tradiciones Mexicanas! Gracias x mantener vivo esto #orgullomexicano

  7. My grandparents are from Allende, Nuevo leon. And my grandma to this day cooks everything by hand and homemade!!💕💕

  8. A mi se me hace que usted es mi tía. Ya preparé mis maletas, tía. Mañana llego ahí pa su casa pa que me haga unos frijolitos de la olla con unos chilaquiles con queso..besos!

  9. Using a metate is time consuming cause you gotta make sure the corn is at its thinnest >-< depends what your makin, worth it for some good tortillas lol and dont get me started when it comes to makin cheese

  10. THESE ARE NOT THE ORIGINAL MEXICANS THE ORIGINAL MEXICANS ARE THE MAYAN AND AZTECS WHO ARE BLACK NEGRO PPL AND THE MAYAN MURALS IN MEXICO SHOW THESE BLACK MAYANS!!! Also these are the asian immigrants who were sent to America and enslaved and learned Spanish!!!!! These are not the indigenous ppl

  11. Que horrible se ve esa comida, mejor visiten YUCATAN la tierra de el platillo mexicano mas DELICIOSO : la Cochinita Pibil

  12. My grandma Is from Chiapas, her grandma was a Zapoteca woman, she teach her all those traditions about the love about prehispánic food, watch this makes me feel proud of my native blood ❤️❤️❤️

  13. Would love to try out her dishes. God bless her amazing soul and hopefully someone else takes her place and continues cooking those delicious recipes! Greetings from Turkey❤️🇹🇷

  14. My mom is native mexican. she’s from Oaxaca (san melchor betaza)too !! She speaks the native language (zapoteco)

  15. La señora es tan admirable. Su dedicacion es increible. Ella es un gran ejemplo para nosotros, que debemos promover nuestra cultura, nuestra identidad. Saludos desde Filipinas.

  16. I wished this was longer, I wanted to see her prepare a meal from start to finish. She's right, some of us are so caught up in material things that we tend to lose sight of what's important in keeping our traditions.

  17. WOW I can’t believe I’m Mexican! I’m first generation, in the U.S and my mom and DAD have always been hard on us to learn how to cook!

  18. I was blessed to have cooked in this way with my aunts in Mexico. Chucking the corn by hand. Simmering 'caldos' over fires or charring chiles. There is something very wholesome & spiritual when you prepare food like your ancestors did.

  19. These are absolutely beautiful woman. I wish American woman could be sweet and gentle like this. Instead we have to deal with aggressive, arrogant, very prideful girls who crave attention and fame from the world. No wonder American man bring back foreign woman .

  20. Now a days we just go to the store and buy processed foods. We do not care or want to know how it got to our plate because we know it’s not natural, let alone thanking the Earth for giving us the utilities we need to survive. We have lost touch with this planet and it’s to late to help repair it. I think Mother Nature might get rid of mankind before we destroy her.

  21. videos like these make my heart feel full and I almost always almost cry. I hope nobody has to lose their culture:(. i struggle with this…my husband didnt want me to teach our kids spanish:(. he also gets very annoyed if I bring up anything that has to deal with my culture or how I was brought up. it sucks feeling like you cant explore your culture….

  22. “They’ve eaten this way for thousands of years” and then shows Oaxacan cheese… cow cheese, a variation of mozzarella brought over by Dominican friars.

    If they really did eat cheese for thousands of years then that means they had cows and most likely would’ve survived the small pox epidemic

  23. Good health food from Mother Nature ppl, see all those ignorant ppl thinking Mexican food is bad greasy and fatting …. this is real Mexican food 🥘

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