Book Signing by Bea Salcedo

Beatriz Salcedo con su libro El Salsario

By Jade Arroyo

On September 28, a book signing and tasting with the author of the cookbook El Salsarío, Beatriz Salcedo, took place.

El Salsario is all about the joy of Mexican cooking. It is divided according to types of chiles. What is best depends on each person’s tastes, the occasion, the combination, and the degree of hotness. Various sauces can be selected from the cookbook, depending on what you’re looking for.

The event was a huge success. The production was directed by the “map lady,” Rhonda Lerner, who designed the decorations for the presentation. The staff at Café Santa Ana prepared mini-quesadillas and soft drinks to go along with the 10 different samples of Bea’s favorites sauces, selected to display a range of flavors from the classic hot sauce to more exotic ones like chocolate.

The event was a tasting and cocktail party along with a book signing and meet-and-greet to learn about the author’s experience. Tickets were 300 pesos, including a copy of El Salsarío, and the experience of tasting this wonderful world of sauces, the core of Mexican cuisine. To benefit La Biblioteca.

Beatriz Salcedo is a lover of Mexican cuisine and enthusiastic curator of the 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.

The world of the salsa is a very sophisticated one, where the balance of both delicate and heady flavors must be masterfully achieved. 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.

El Salsario is a cookbook that teaches in a user-friendly fashion how to prepare the real thing—salsas mexicanas. Try it to enliven your dishes and your kitchen with the wonderful flavor of Mexico. The book is available in both Spanish and English, and it would make a great gift.

El Salsarío is available at La Tienda, the bookstore and gift store at La Biblioteca, located on Insurgentes 25.


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