Fronteras: UTSA Special Collections Highlights Mexican Spirits; Demand For Tamales In A Pandemic Surges During The Holidays
Mexican Spirits Expand Growing Mexican Cookbook Collection At UTSA
The coming of a new year is traditionally marked with a bubbly beverage. Instead of that sip of champagne, perhaps try something with more history and tradition. The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections hosts some traditional Mexican recipes for drinks dating back centuries.
The Mexican Spirits Collection is part of a growing Mexican Cookbook Collection at UTSA that contains more than 2,000 volumes dating from 1789 to the present. It’s a collection that’s studied by researchers, chefs and curious community members.
Amy Rushing, Assistant Dean for Special Collections at UTSA Libraries, said the recipes dating back hundreds of years are preserved in a temperature and humidity controlled vault dedicated to archival material.
“It's fun to watch a collection like this grow because with the Mexican Cookbook Collection,” explained Rushing, “it is so deep and so wide and it spans such a long time period that you really do get to see a story unfold.”
UTSA Libraries Special Collections launched “Cooking in the Time of Coronavirus” to make the recipe collections more accessible with downloadable files.
Current restrictions on family gatherings have put a halt to in-person tamaladas, when friends and family would get together and divvy up tamal-making tasks, like making the masa or filling the hoja.
KTEP's Angela Kocherga explored how the pandemic has resulted in a boom to the commercial tamal trade in El Paso.
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