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Available August 2017
México: A Culinary Quest
Author & Editor: Hossein Amirsadeghi
Executive editor: Ana Paula Gerard
Hardback, 32 x 25 cm, 600pp.
With over 880 photographs
Chronicling a journey across the country’s thirty-two states (including Mexico City) and most picturesque landscapes, and featuring more than a hundred entertaining and informative profiles, México: A Culinary Quest captures the essence and spirit of Mexico, its culture, food history and mind-bendingly diverse range of contemporary culinary styles.
From Yucatán to Baja California, from Michoacán to Tabasco, and from Nuevo León to Chiapas, México: A Culinary Quest traces long-standing cultural traditions through the medium of food, introducing nuns, grandes dames, campesinos, barrio residents, creatives in the arts, architecture, music and media, businesspeople and – of course – great chefs along the way. The lively profiles are accompanied by specially commissioned photographs of both people and places, focusing on the aesthetic interplay of visual and textual narratives. While food is at the book’s heart, the lure of these pages is not just the featured personalities – their tables, menus, local specialities and kitchens – but Mexico’s magnificent settings and landscapes.
From upmarket watering holes to local holes in the wall, México: A Culinary Quest is a feast for the eyes, the senses and the intellect.
Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, editor and publisher whose recent art books include Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art; New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century; Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey; Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia; Sanctuary: British Artists and their Studios; Contemporary Art Brazil; Korean Art: The Power of Now; Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces; Nordic Contemporary; Contemporary Art Mexico, London Burning: Portraits from a Creative City and Contemporary Art Colombia all co-published with Thames & Hudson.
Ana Paula Gerard has a BA in Economics from ITAM in Mexico City and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is co-founder of Ayúdate, a Mexican not-for-profit organisation and has served her country in different positions in the Ministry of Budget and Planning and the Economic Cabinet. She is also a member of the International Board of Madrid’s Teatro Real.
Adam Wiseman was born and brought up in Mexico City by an American father and Scottish mother. Educated in New York as a documentary photographer, Wiseman has spent most of his
career travelling across Mexico on assignment for such international newspapers and magazines as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper and Guardian.