Mamacita : Recipes Celebrating Life as a Mexican Immigrant in America

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A love letter to author Andrea Pons's native Mexico, this beautiful cookbook weaves stories of her family's immigration to the U.S. with 75 delicious recipes from three generations of women in her family.

Author and food stylist Andrea Pons started this Mamacita project in 2018 to document the recipes she grew up eating in Mexico, and she found it quickly became a way to reconnect with her family and Mexican heritage.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea and her family found themselves navigating the U.S. immigration system in order to avoid deportation and to be able to stay in the country that had been their home for over twenty years, this book also became a rallying cry. Andrea sold self-published copies to fund her family's significant legal fees.

More than a beautiful cookbook, this book is a love letter to Andrea's home country of Mexico and an inspiring celebration of her adopted home in the U.S, highlighting three generations of women's cooking in her family. Recipes include Elote Mexicano (Mexican Street Corn), Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup), Albondigas en Chipotle (Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce), the famous Rosca de Naranja (Orange Bundt Cake) from Andrea's grandmother's bakery in Mexico, and many more.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 203 x 254mm
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1648961711
  • 9781648961717
  • 11,936

Review quote

"Andrea's story is a modern tale of family, immigration, endurance, and how our roots and our cooking heritage ground us through times of adversity and uncertainty. The recipes are delicious and showcase Mexico's broad and rich cuisine."
- Aran Goyoaga, James Beard Award Finalist and author of Cannelle et Vanille and Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple
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About Andrea Pons

Andrea Pons is a Seattle based production manager and food stylist. She has worked for restaurants and companies including Le Creuset and Starbucks. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and raised in the United States, Andrea and her work can be found at

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