NEWS! BIG NEWS from Tocumbo, Michoacán!
To initiate the IV Encuentro de Cocina Tradicional Michoacana (the fourth annual Exposition of the Traditional Cooking of Michoacán, held in Morelia from December 6 through December 9, 2007), Martín González de la Vara introduced La Michoacana, Una Historia de los Paleteros de Tocumbo, his glorious and important new book. Its 236 pages are chock-a-block with the regional, culinary, and cultural history of the región paletero, the area around Tocumbo. The photos of paleteros (ice cream makers) and paleterías (ice cream shops) from a bygone age are marvelous. González weaves a magnificent story, the much-amplified version of what's written here on Mexico Cooks!
The recently-published book has already won an important prize, awarded by INAH (the National Institute of Anthropology and History) here in Mexico.
To read the June 2007 Mexico Cooks! article about the paleteros of Tocumbo, click here.