Mamacita: Celebrating Life as a Mexican Immigrant
By Andrea Pons
With a background in food styling and creative production, Andrea Pons is a Seattle-based home cook whose generational recipes reflect her Mexican upbringing. Vibrant flavors from Andrea’s childhood invite you to her table, offering a traditional glimpse into a Mexican kitchen filled with comfort foods.
This debut cookbook shares the dishes that a mother makes with love. Handed down by the strong women in her family, these recipes carry the joy experienced when you find something you thought you had lost. For Andrea, it was reclaiming her Mexican heritage—the taste of younger years shaped by her family in León, Guanajuato—as she went through the immigration process.
Enhanced by stunning food photography, these 60+ family recipes are a collection of regional and classic Mexican dishes. Indulge in Tortas Guacamayas (Macaw Sandwich) from the author’s hometown of León, featuring a bolillo roll filled with crispy chicharrón, avocado, spicy pico de gallo, and a squeeze of fresh lime, as well as Chiles en Nogada (Stuffed Peppers in Walnut Sauce), Sopa Fría de Pepino (Cold Cucumber Soup), and Rosca de Naranja (Orange Bundt Cake). Inspired by weekends at her grandmother’s dinner table, these dishes are rooted in family traditions, evoking moments of celebration that encourage us to spend more time eating together. Travel to Central Mexico in your own kitchen, savoring everyday meals to relish with friends and loved ones.