De Carbia, María A. Mexico Through My Kitchen Window. (México: M.A. de Carbia, 1938). [TX716 .M4 C372 1938].
Last week, I posted the first half of the index of illustrations from María de Carbia’s Mexico Through My Kitchen Window, a 1938 English-language cookbook written by a Mexico City Chef for American tourists and other U.S. cooks with an interest in Mexican cooking.
This index is such an unexpected feature of a cookbook from this time period, that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share the latter half as well. It seems to foreshadow late 20th century cookbooks that capitalized on food-and-culture tourism by providing information and explanations of common artifacts and craft items that Americans visiting Mexico in the 1930s might have purchased as souvenirs: rattles, bowls, tablecloths, and the like.
Click on an image in the mosaic below to see the complete caption.
“GUAJE DE URUAPAN DECORADO COMO AVE”. Uruapan gourd decorated to resemble a bird….113
“BOTELLONCITO DE GUADALAJARA”. Water bottle from Guadalajara….117
“JICARA DE URUAPAN”. Typical Uruapan bowl (gourd)…..137
“ORGANOS”. Candle cactus….140
“OLLITA DE MICHOACAN”. Very primitive vase made in a small town of Michoacán….141
“METATE Y COMAL”. Grinder made of stone and grill used to make tortillas as explained in special chapter….144
“TECOMATE DE URUAPAN”. Uruapan Jar (gourd)….145
“SOPLADORES DE PALMA, MEXICO”. Fans made in the state of Mexico….148
“JARRON DE CUERNAVACA, MORELOS”. Vase made in Cuernavaca a semitropical town at 2 hours ride from Mexico City. The natives make this very primitive pottery of red clay inlaid with pieces of white china….149
“CAZUELA DE OAXACA”. Cooking dish from Oaxaca. Besides the decorated pottery, natives from Oaxaca make cooking utensils in clay with a dark green luster that is very attractive….152
“VASO DE GUADALAJARA”. Guadalajara vase….169
“JARRO DE OAXACA Y MOLINILLO”. Cooking jug from Oaxaca and molinillo….172
“JARRITA DE QUIRIGA, MICHOACAN”. Pitcher from Quiroga, Michoacán….173
“JICARITA DE URUAPAN”. Uruapan bowl….176
“TAZA DE OAXACA” Oaxaca bowl….185
“ALCANCIA DE BARRO DE GUADALAJARA, IMITACION DE UN GUAJE”. Savings bank made of clay and imitating the shape of a gourd….188
“JARRON DE GUADALAJARA”. Vase from Tlaquepaque”….189
“SARAPITO DEL SALTILLO Y JARRON DE VIDRIO SOPLADO DE MONTERREY”. Indian Blanket from Saltillo and glass pitcher from Monterrey….192
“MATRACA”. Wooden rattle. Around Good Friday, people sell these toys in the street. They are made of light wood and painted in very vivid colors. They turn around like a cartwheel and produce a noise resembling the one they make in churches instead of the bells, whose sound is forbidden during those days….193
“PIÑATA”. Clay vessel decorated with paper, filled with fruit and brokend (sic) at the “Posadas” as explained in the chapter of Mexican Festivals….196
“MULITA DE CORPUS”. Toy mule made from a certain reed called tule or of corn husks. It bears on the sides small crates filled with fruit as explained in the chapter of Mexican Festivals….197
“GUITARRITA DE PARACHO, MICHOACAN”. Toy guitar made of a very thin and frail wood and painted in vivid colors….200