Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Frida Kahlo
Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Frida Kahlo is a stunning cookbook that depicts life in the Blue House with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It contains over 100 recipes and 92 full-color photos, plus some vintage black and white reproductions of some of Frida's popular still lifes.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 224 pages.
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Author: Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera
Description: Frida. Her name conjures mystery and magic and Mexico. Here, in this beautiful new book, Diego Rivera's daughter Guadalupe Rivera adds to the legend by shining a new light. As Lupe tells it, "In 1942, family events made it convenient for me to go to Coyoaean and live with my father and Frida . . . most important of all was learning to see the world through the way Frida and Diego lived."
Lupe Rivera and Marie-Pierre Colle bring Frida and the Blue House in Coyoacan vividly to life. We learn of parakeets chattering in their cages, of the monkey Fulang Chang, of people congregating in the famous tiled kitchen. But most of all, we learn about Frida and how she welcomed people into her home.
Frida was an enthusiast, and every occasion was cause for rejoicing. She celebrated birthdays and saints days and baptisms and all the popular holidays. The authors have divided the book into a cycle of twelve fiestas, among them the Posadas (at Christmas), the Day of the Dead, the Mexican national holidays, and a gala celebration called "The Meal of the Broad Tablecloths." Included with the reminiscences are more than 100 recipes for the traditional Mexican foods that Diego loved to eat and Frida loved to prepare.
Among the many illustrations are pages from Frida's cookbook and notebooks, as well as vintage portraits and reproductions of her paintings. Marie-Pierre has worked with Ignacio Urquiza -- one of Mexico's leading photographers -- to create pictures of the recipes in the Blue House and in other locations that Frida would have known and loved. These, and the still life photographs inspired by Frida's paintings, combine to make a book as vibrant and exciting and inspiring as Frida herself. Fans will find Frida's Fiestas a welcome and invaluable addition to their libraries; newcomers will find it a charming introduction.
Condition: Good condition.
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