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The Salsario by Beatríz Salcedo

By Jade Arroyo

Salsas (sauces) are an intrinsic part of the gastronomic culture of our country. They are what you serve over an expensive meat for a special dinner or what makes a taqueria (taco stand) famous.

In our country there are about 60 types of chiles. When people talk about Mexican food, the first thing that comes to mind is the chile: hot, spicy, sweet, addictive. Along with tortillas, chiles are the key ingredient in Mexican cuisine.

With just those two tasty ingredients, you can prepare a taco. And in Mexico, if you have a taco, you might as well say that you have eaten, right?

Beatriz Salcedo is a lover of Mexican cuisine and enthusiastic curator of our traditional archive of chiles. Originally from Mexico City, she studied the cuisines of different cultures such as Arabic, Indian, Mexican, and Italian. One of the highlights was a course at El Claustro de Sor Juana University. Béa has lived in San Miguel de Allende for a couple of years, and she began to think about collecting the best recipes of the most representative salsas in Mexico, along with others of her own invention, among which are sauces scented with vanilla or olive oil.

The world of the salsa is a very sophisticated one, where the balance of both delicate and heady flavors must be masterfully achieved. Her cookbook, The Salsarío, is divided according to types of chiles, the most popular being serrano, morita, de árbol, campana, guajillo, habanero, and chipotle. What is best depends on each person’s tastes the occasion, the combination, and the degree of hotness. Sauces can be selected from the cookbook, which is for sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca.

However, we suggest you get the book while having a rich, tasty experience. On September 28 at 6pm, there will be a tasting of 10 of Béa’s favorite salsas at Café Santa Ana. The cost of the event will be 300 pesos, which includes a copy of the book, meeting and greeting the author in person, and tasting the salsas and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are on sale at La Tienda, Insurgentes 25.


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