Messianic about Corn in Mexico

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon App├ętit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Messianic about Corn in Mexico

  1. Leslie-Anne says:

    This is very interesting. I have heard a slogan( not sure if it is from a political body, or what) , but it says, “No hay maiz, no hay pais.” It translates as, “If there is no corn, there is no country.” This is a passionate statement of connection to this food, similar to what the farmer in the video is saying. I think it may have been in response to big agribusiness trying to own corn DNA.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Love the quote!

      Certainly there was a big push to not allow GMO corn into Mexico which has 60 some odd kinds of heritage corn. The story as I remember it is that the Government banned GMO corn seeds but not corn so the country became “contaminated” by fast food/grocery store corn when it was thrown in the garbage. Mexicans call themselves the “People of Corn” and believe that Mexico was the birthplace of Corn… it sure is all pervasive in their cooking. In doing some quick research I came across this article which I thought was very interesting and looks at the political nature of corn and what it means to Mexicans.

      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/02/02/107954/mexico-cradle-of-corn-finds-its.html

      Thanks Leslie-Anne I always love your comments!

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