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Las Chinampas de la Cuenca de Mexico/The Chinampas of the Basin of Mexico: Rosetta Cuadernos/Notebooks 5

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by Teresa Rojas Rabiela
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The Rosetta Notebooks are published as part of an innovative project at the Mexico City restaurant led by Chef Elena Reygadas.

Each volume offers a short, incisive text written by a renowned scholar who explores aspects of food culture, health, and environmental concerns.

Chef Reygadas notes:

I’m convinced that we should also consider our work as cooks beyond its hedonistic function. In a world like ours—devastated by climate change, social inequality,, systemic violence, sexism, racism, and the degradation of political life, to mention just a few of many ills—a restaurant should provide a platform for reflection and positive contributions to society.

The Chinampas of the Basin of Mexico provides an introduction to the history of a distinctive agricultural practice in the region which is now the location of Mexico City. Chinampas are rectangular agricultural plots which extend into freshwater swamps and marshes. They allow for intensive cultivation, and while they are no longer as essential as they once were,  they represent a link to practices going back millenia. 

Teresa Rojas Rabiela, a professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, supplements her account with maps and photographs which illustrate the creation, use and maintenance of the chinampas.

In Spanish and English. Paperback. Staplebound. 8 ⅜” x 11”. 32 pages.

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