Celebrating family recipes

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The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents a mouth-watering evening with award winning cookbook authors, Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison. The talk is at 7 p.m., Aug. 22 in the upstairs rotunda.
This time of year, a trip to the local Farmers’ Market or Los Alamos Coop reveals the best of local crops, the very freshest and best ingredients for these recipes compiled in the Jamisons’ charming book of home recipes from across the state, Tasting New Mexico. It is also time for green chile roasting in towns all over the state.
New Mexico has distinctive cooking with blends of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo influences.
The Jamison’s crisscrossed the state in search of a variety of family and hometown favorites, including green and red chile stews, albóndigas (meatballs), carne adovada (pork braised in red chile), pollo con arroz (chicken simmered with rice), chile rellenos, spring quelites (spinach), chicos (dried corn), frybread and sopaipillas and natillas custard.
Other recipes include Edith Warner’s chocolate cake, a favorite with Manhattan Project scientists, steak Dunigan provided by Santa Fe’s Pink Adobe restaurant, the mountain trout recipe the Fred Harvey Company created for the opening of the grand Montezuma Hotel near Las Vegas, and a cocktail concocted by the landmark Rancho de Chimayó restaurant to support the local apple crop industry.
The book ranges well beyond the recipes to tell the story of the food culturally and historically, and contrasts our food with that of our neighbors in the Southwest and northern Mexico.
The book details how New Mexico’s agricultural abundance comes not from perfect soil and climate, but from the ingenuity and tenacity of its farmers and ranchers. Tasting New Mexico is further packed with quotes, photos and great stories.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and statewide authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, New Mexico fiction, history and culture, poetry, and more.  
The series is funded by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. The talks are free and there will be an opportunity to meet the authors. Refreshments are provided.
Book sales at the event courtesy of Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe.