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Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking

Lecture no. 16 from the course: Food: A Cultural Culinary History

Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking

Taught by Professor Ken Albala | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Food & Wine Courses

Contemporary with the European Renaissance, Aztec culture produced a unique food tradition that survives today in Mexican cuisine. Learn first about Aztec society, its indigenous foodstuffs, and distinctive diet. Also study descriptions of lavish Aztec banquets; “signature” foods, from avocados, beans, and chilies to chocolate and maize; and the Aztec  philosophy of balance and moderation in eating.

36 Lectures

1
Image of Hunting, Gathering, and Stone Age Cooking
Hunting, Gathering, and Stone Age Cooking
0 of 35 min
2
Image of What Early Agriculturalists Ate
What Early Agriculturalists Ate
0 of 31 min
3
Image of Egypt and the Gift of the Nile
Egypt and the Gift of the Nile
0 of 31 min
4
Image of Ancient Judea—From Eden to Kosher Laws
Ancient Judea—From Eden to Kosher Laws
0 of 31 min
5
Image of Classical Greece—Wine, Olive Oil, and Trade
Classical Greece—Wine, Olive Oil, and Trade
0 of 31 min
6
Image of The Alexandrian Exchange and the Four Humors
The Alexandrian Exchange and the Four Humors
0 of 27 min
7
Image of Ancient India—Sacred Cows and Ayurveda
Ancient India—Sacred Cows and Ayurveda
0 of 31 min
8
Image of Yin and Yang of Classical Chinese Cuisine
Yin and Yang of Classical Chinese Cuisine
0 of 31 min
9
Image of Dining in Republican and Imperial Rome
Dining in Republican and Imperial Rome
0 of 29 min
10
Image of Early Christianity—Food Rituals and Asceticism
Early Christianity—Food Rituals and Asceticism
0 of 31 min
11
Image of Europe's Dark Ages and Charlemagne
Europe's Dark Ages and Charlemagne
0 of 30 min
12
Image of Islam—A Thousand and One Nights of Cooking
Islam—A Thousand and One Nights of Cooking
0 of 29 min
13
Image of Carnival in the High Middle Ages
Carnival in the High Middle Ages
0 of 32 min
14
Image of International Gothic Cuisine
International Gothic Cuisine
0 of 31 min
15
Image of A Renaissance in the Kitchen
A Renaissance in the Kitchen
0 of 31 min
16
Image of Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking
Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking
0 of 30 min
17
Image of 1492—Globalization and Fusion Cuisines
1492—Globalization and Fusion Cuisines
0 of 30 min
18
Image of 16th-Century Manners and Reformation Diets
16th-Century Manners and Reformation Diets
0 of 29 min
19
Image of Papal Rome and the Spanish Golden Age
Papal Rome and the Spanish Golden Age
0 of 28 min
20
Image of The Birth of French Haute Cuisine
The Birth of French Haute Cuisine
0 of 29 min
21
Image of Elizabethan England, Puritans, Country Food
Elizabethan England, Puritans, Country Food
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Dutch Treat—Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Tobacco
Dutch Treat—Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Tobacco
0 of 30 min
23
Image of African and Aboriginal Cuisines
African and Aboriginal Cuisines
0 of 31 min
24
Image of Edo, Japan—Samurai Dining and Zen Aesthetics
Edo, Japan—Samurai Dining and Zen Aesthetics
0 of 32 min
25
Image of Colonial Cookery in North America
Colonial Cookery in North America
0 of 32 min
26
Image of Eating in the Early Industrial Revolution
Eating in the Early Industrial Revolution
0 of 31 min
27
Image of Romantics, Vegetarians, Utopians
Romantics, Vegetarians, Utopians
0 of 29 min
28
Image of First Restaurants, Chefs, and Gastronomy
First Restaurants, Chefs, and Gastronomy
0 of 30 min
29
Image of Big Business and the Homogenization of Food
Big Business and the Homogenization of Food
0 of 30 min
30
Image of Food Imperialism around the World
Food Imperialism around the World
0 of 30 min
31
Image of Immigrant Cuisines and Ethnic Restaurants
Immigrant Cuisines and Ethnic Restaurants
0 of 30 min
32
Image of War, Nutritionism, and the Great Depression
War, Nutritionism, and the Great Depression
0 of 30 min
33
Image of World War II and the Advent of Fast Food
World War II and the Advent of Fast Food
0 of 29 min
34
Image of Counterculture—From Hippies to Foodies
Counterculture—From Hippies to Foodies
0 of 31 min
35
Image of Science of New Dishes and New Organisms
Science of New Dishes and New Organisms
0 of 32 min
36
Image of The Past as Prologue?
The Past as Prologue?
0 of 33 min

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d********u
January 29, 2017
Excellent, good humored survey

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t********t
June 1, 2016
A fascinating course! Instructor is so interesting and enjoyable. Now I'm hungry.

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