Why We Eat: Pozole
Why We Eat: Pozole
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Claudette Zepeda, chef and amateur Mexican food anthropologist, breaks down pozole, an ancient Mexican hominy soup that dates back to before the colonization of the Aztecs by the Spanish Conquistadors.

Claudette takes the recipe step-by-step, building the traditional dish from nixtamalized maize, chilies, and pig’s feet, while sharing her own family’s pozole recipe traditions. Claudette explains how pozole is a communal and celebratory food with religious ties, as it was originally made with the human flesh of the Aztec’s prisoners, and later replaced with pork when the post-conquest Catholics banned cannibalism. With its roots in the ancient Aztec era and its transformations throughout past centuries, Claudette celebrates this classic Mexican dish that continues to be enjoyed today.

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