Gifts of the Sun: The Cuisine of the Aztecs

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Taught by Andrew Coletti

Andrew Coletti is an educator and lifelong history/mythology/fantasy nerd who has been known to throw ancient dinner parties just for fun. Besides cooking and teaching he loves traveling, writing, and keeping a variety of pets. Follow his recreations of ancient recipes on passtheflamingo.com, or @passtheflamingo on Instagram and Twitter.

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When the first Spanish conquerors arrived in present-day Mexico in the 16th century, they were astounded by what they found. The cultural achievements of the native peoples of Mesoamerica rivaled anything back in Europe: there was great architecture, great literature, and yes, great food.

Despite lacking large domestic animals, the Aztecs developed a rich cuisine that dazzled outsiders with its variety. Since the Spanish conquest, crops first grown by the Aztecs have spread to the tables of the world: corn, chili peppers, tomatoes, avocado, and chocolate, to name a few. Original Aztec recipes like tortillas, tamales and guacamole have accepted new influences as they developed into the national cuisine of Mexico.

This class is a celebration of the ingenious foodways of the pre-conquest Aztecs. We’ll learn about the Aztec diet and the cultural beliefs that shaped how the Aztecs viewed their food. We’ll also taste a few Aztec recipes, like a corn-based beverage and a “superfood” harvested from lakes.

This class is a general overview of food history, with samples. No previous knowledge is required!

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