Thursday, February 01, 2007

February 5 is...

Mexico Day. It's a fine day to appreciate Mexican art by people like Frida Kahlo and José Clementa Orozco, read poetry by Octavio Paz and Sandra Cisneros or novels by Luis Urrea and Laura Esquivel and listen to Mexican music by the likes of Flaco Jimenez (technically Texan) and Thalia. Of course, I would be remiss not to mention one of my favorite actresses, directors and producers, the incredibly talented and deliciously gorgeous Salma Hayek. Whether you like serious films like In the Time of the Butterflies or fun romps like last year's Bandidas, Salma is fabulous. It's also a good day to go out to your favorite Mexican restaurant or to cook Mexican food in your home. If you're looking for a good Mexican cookbook, check out those by Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless.

2 comments:

mary said...

I interviewed Rick Bayless for a story I did last fall--he was SO FREAKING NICE. Enthusiastic and kind and effusive and he laughed when I told him he was robbed during the Iron Chef against Bobby Flay.

Daria de la Luna said...

I'm so glad to hear this. He seems to be so down-to-earth and ego-free. We really enjoyed our evening at Frontera Grill last summer. I was really surprised to see him there since I never expect celeb chefs to actually be at their restaurants.