Stowens in Oaxaca: Sopa de Hongos

January 6, 2009

My composers colleagues may remember the famous COMPOSERS IN RED SNEAKERS from Boston. (They are still in existence I hear.) One of the founding members was Christopher Stowens, famous for doing the taped introductions to the concerts. He left New England a few years back and is living happily in Oaxaca, Mexico. I can’t recommend highly enough, his blog called Oaxaca – The Year After. He has had access to many of the great artists and chefs of this region. I can’t wait to visit him.

Here is a video he made of his visits. I especially love the incidental music he has cut in. What is it Chris?? You’re driving me crazy! Especially, the ending music.

Saturday, August 9, 2008
Sopa de Hongos – Cuajimoloya, Oaxaca
I have a series of videos of the cooks of Oaxaca and here is a special one. Normally, I filmed the most famous cooks from the best restaurants. I would spend all day with them, from early in the morning, when we would go to various markets, through a day of cooking and then, at the end of the day, eating everything they had cooked. I know, it’s tough work, but….

This is a restaurant up in the mountains in a village called Cuajimoloya, which is famous for its mushrooms. All kinds of mushrooms. The village is about 40k northeast of the city and is 25k up from the weaving village of Teotitlan del Vaille. The food was very simple, but absolutely delicious. It was a blast to film this woman just like the cooks from all those five star places.

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