Margarita Carrillo Arronte is one of Mexico's best-known chefs and promoters of culture. The lifelong cook moved on from assisting her mom and grandma (they had her helping out as soon as she was tall enough to hover over the stove); her storied career includes work as a chef, TV personality, leader of the Slow Food Movement in Baja, culinary ambassador for the Ministry of Agriculture (from 1996 to 2006), and leader of the successful 2010 campaign to appoint Mexican cuisine as a UNESCO cultural heritage property.
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She now has a new cookbook that explores regional fare throughout the country. As part of the release tour, Carrillo Arronte is stopping by New York. And you get to sample the recipes from the book at Café el Presidente (30 West 24th Street, Chelsea; 212-242-3491) throughout the week and at its Day of the Dead fiesta.More »