The recipes included in this book have always been a part of my life. My great-grandmothers Emily Ponce, and Cel Draves, and my grandmother Clara Arguello have passed on these recipes to me. I am very blessed to have learned these traditional Nuevo Méxicano recipes from them. I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and each of my grandmothers played an integral role in my upbringing. Most of the recipes included in this book are not written down but shared orally from one generation to the next. One of my earliest memories is making tortillas with my Mita Emily for a family celebration. This was not a chore but something that I looked forward to.
As a student at the University of New Mexico I have become more interested in the value of traditional cooking methods and foods of New Mexico. The knowledge of the foods of your ancestors helps us to understand food as a way to connect to your community. My concern is the loss of culture and the implications for youth and the future of New Mexicans. I believe that traditional foods can aid in the preservation of cultural identity. This recipe book can be used as a tool for the future to educate youth about traditional foods of northern New Mexico. This book is the final step in completing my minor in Sustainability Studies, but more broadly it is a way for me to commemorate the knowledge of my grandmothers.