Zarela's Real Mexican Food

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Mexican chef and restaurateur Zarela Martinez talks about authentic Mexican food. Her restaurant Zarela opened in New York in 1981, and she remains committed to bringing regional Mexican food to New York. She discusses organizing an ongoing series of weekly gastronomic festivals featuring foods from different states in Mexico. She’s the author of Zarela’s Veracruz, Food from my Heart, and The Food and Life of Oaxaca.


Zarela Martinez

Comments [9]

Anne Mendelson from NJ

As a longtime fan and friend who's not only seen Zarela's dedication to spreading knowledge of Mexican food and culture but also watched her carry on with the cause while courageously battling Parkinson's disease, I 'm stunned by people's cheap shots about "sounding ticked off" or "getting a second personality on ebay." What happened to the idea of politely commenting on actual content instead of letting fly with malicious sneers?

Anne M.

Aug. 07 2010 09:43 AM
zarela from New York

As a matter of fact I do have a neurological condition that makes me hard to understand sometimes and does not always give me the cheery personality you desire. It is the result of being hit by a taxi whose driver was on the cell phone.

If you want to get to know my work, visit my restaurant or my web where I will mention the restaurants in the pasaporte soon.

I am in a wonderful period of my life that allows me to do things that I hope will make my culture known and understood. Check out Food is Art.

Aug. 06 2010 08:39 PM

[[a g congenial she is not. iknow language barrier has something to do with it. but c'mon lady get a second hand personality on e-bay. Aug. 04 2010 01:23 PM]]

she sounds like she's had some sort of trauma...maybe Bell's Palsy.

Aug. 04 2010 09:46 PM
Laura from Jersey City

Where can I find the list of those restaurants participating in the "pasaporte" contest that Ms. Zarela described? There is no list on her website either.

Aug. 04 2010 01:29 PM
a g

congenial she is not. iknow language barrier has something to do with it. but c'mon lady get a second hand personality on e-bay.

Aug. 04 2010 01:23 PM
Ro from SoHo

Why does Ms. Zarela sound so ticked off all the time? Where's the grace and charm that I know of the Mexican people I know?

Aug. 04 2010 01:21 PM

Leonard you know NY used to scare people too for its violence, gangs, drugs...

Aug. 04 2010 01:20 PM

Decades ago I took a Mexican friend to a tiny byo Indian restaurant whose owner used to wait out on the sidewalk for his regulars to arrive - my Mexican friend, a foodie from Tampico, and the restaurant owner made fast friends over shared herbs and complexity - it was his first Indian meal

Aug. 04 2010 01:18 PM
Ana from NJ

Please talk about the abundance of the cuisine from Puebla. The most famous dishes known from Mexico are from this state.

Aug. 04 2010 01:16 PM

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