Update November 18, 2020

The University of Texas San Antonio is home to a large collection of historic Mexican cookbooks. The UTSA Library is where you can find these cookbooks and a special project from the UTSA Library. To make cooking in the tie of Covid better, UTSA is releasing three cookbooks with historic Mexican recipes. So far they have released the first two.

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The second volume of UTSA’s Cooking in the Time of Coronavirus cookbooks is out.


The books are a collection of different recipes that highlight some of Mexico’s most beloved historic recipes. The techniques and ingredients have withstood the test of time to be things we all love and enjoy today. As you get ready for your safely distanced holiday season, the second volume offers some drinks you can make for the celebration.

You can learn how to make some of your favorite aguas frescas like agua de jamaica and horchata. Or give yourself a morning boost with café de olla. Don’t worry. There are some adult even beverages like tepache and mezcal margaritas. You can check out the second cookbook here.

Original: The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

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