Every year on the fifth of May comes one of America’s favorite holidays—Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day; the holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Regardless, most Americans mark the day by gulping margaritas, ordering up a spicy plate of enchiladas and dancing to mariachi music in celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
Since there’s no better way to celebrate than with food, get cooking with Mod Mex: Cooking Vibrant Fiesta Flavors at Home by Scott Linquist. The award-winning chef divulges recipes for regional dishes like tuna ceviche and mango-serrano chile salsa, and the book includes plenty of drool-worthy photographs.
Need help in the beverage department? Tequila 1000: The Ultimate Collection of Tequila Cocktails, Recipes, Facts, and Resources has you covered. Author Ray Foley shares hundreds of delicious recipes and little-known facts about Mexico’s favorite distilled spirit. Did you know the famous “tequila worm” has little to do with tequila? In the 1940s, some manufacturers began adding “worms” (actually moth larvae) to mezcal, a relative of tequila, as a way to market the beverage’s high alcohol content.
For dessert, try My Sweet Mexico by Fany Gerson. This eBook details the rich history behind the country’s signature sweets and shows you how to make decadent favorites like cocadas (coconut candies), capirotadas (bread puddings) and palanquetas (brittles).
If you’re curious about the real origins of the holiday, take a break from the fiesta and check out El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition. Author David E. Hayes-Bautista explains the birth of the holiday and how it has changed as a result of historical events and commercial interests.
Many schools capitalize on Cinqo de Mayo as an opportunity to teach students about Mexico. In Cinco de Mayo: Celebrations in My World, author Kate Torpie helps children understand why the holiday began. She also explores the ways we celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, with parades, traditional music and dancing.
Annie McCormick is a Content Sales Associate at OverDrive.
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