The magazine of the photo-essay
Nov 2017 back issue
Mexico: a Culinary Quest
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
photography by Adam Wiseman
Chronicling a journey across the country’s thirty-two states (including Mexico City) and most picturesque landscapes and featuring more than a hundred entertaining and informative profiles, Mexico: A Culinary Quest captures the essence and spirit of Mexico, its culture, food history and mind-bendingly diverse range of contemporary culinary styles. The profiles are accompanied by over eight hundred specially commissioned photographs of both people and places, focusing on the aesthetic interplay of visual and textual narratives. From Yucatán to Baja California, from Michoacán to Tabasco and from Nuevo León to Chiapas, the book traces long-standing cultural traditions through the medium of food, introducing nuns, grandes dames, campesinos, barrio residents, creatives in the arts, architecture, music and media, businesspeople and – of course – great chefs along the way. While food is at the book’s heart, the lure of these pages is not just the featured personalities – their tables, menus, local specialities and kitchens – but Mexico’s magnificent settings and landscapes.
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The food market in the city of Campeche a UNESCO World Heritage site, Campeche, Mexico.
Peacock at Hacienda Blanca Flor in Santa Cruz, Campeche, Mexico.
Unearthing the Pibi Pollo at the Hacienda Blanca Flor in Santa Cruz, Campeche, Mexico.
Doña Irma at her home in Santa Cruz, Campeche, Mexico.
Dulcero (candyman) at the cantina Salón Rincón Colonial, Campeche, Mexico.
The convent in Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico.
Chef Luis Eduardo Marrufo Basto with his mother in his restaurant in Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico.
Fishermen prepare the catch for sale. Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Fisherman Apolinario Avila Mogel has a smoke. Island of Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Katerina Loeppky and Margarita Martens pluck the chickens which will then be cooked and served at the Fast food restaurant Burger Pollo and Hotel Inn.
Wood burning oven roasted chicken. Yerba Buena restaurant owned by Marcos Ramirez, Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
The traditional process of making chocolate. The Jesus Maria Hacienda a cacao plantation and chocolate factory. Comalcalco, Tabasco, Mexico.
Eva sacrifices a chicken for a caldo at Lunch at Taller la Campesina run by the Embajadoras del Cacao, a cacao plantation and chocolate factory. Tecolutilla, Tabasco, Mexico.
Uciel at Chula Banana plantation, Teapa, Tabasco, Mexico.
Cliff diver in his neighbourhood la Adoberia, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico.
Jesus Aleman from the "13" gang earns a living by blowing fire at the traffic lights. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
"Vida Loca" (crazy life) tattoo. Jesus Aleman from the "13" gang earns a living by blowing fire at the traffic lights. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Milka Torres Lopez. Huichol Indian community, Potrero de la Palmita, Nayarit, Mexico.
Camilo Bejerano Jimenez, a "tubero"; he climbs palm trees to "milk" them of their sweet nectar which is sold as a sweet drink. Colima, Colima, Mexico.
Kimberly waits for her torta (sandwich) Cuyutlan, Colima, Mexico.
Cafe de Olla coffee, Jardin Cebu at Guillermo Olguin´s studio. Oaxaca, Oaxaca.