The University of Texas at San Antonio recently began the massive job of digitizing the largest collection of historic Mexican cookbooks in the United States. UTSA's collection of Mexican cookbooks includes over 2,000 titles stretching as far back as 1789!
UTSA eventually released their work in 3 parts for free and you can start by viewing or downloading the first issue of postres – aka desserts!
In this inaugural edition, we're saving the best for first. Put your baking skills to the test with classic Mexican desserts. These age-old recipes for baked bananas, rice pudding, chestnut flan, and churros will hit the sweet spot.
This first issue contains an 1831 recipe for rice pudding and a churro recipe written shortly after the Mexican Revolution. It's pretty rare when my job intersects with my love of all things history!
Next is their second issue – drinks!
Raise a glass to a collection of delicious Mexican beverages! These recipes will come in handy whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking for a warm drink for the cool days to come. ¡Salud!
Finally, their third edition on Main Courses recently dropped.
From birria to barbacoa and nopalitos to taquitos, main dishes—or platos fuertes—take center stage and feature food traditions that define Mexico’s culinary history.