Andrea Telles

Andrea presented at Tender Table on March 10, 2017 at IPRC in Portland, OR.

  Photo courtesy of Andrea Telles

Photo courtesy of Andrea Telles

 

Andrea Telles is a sensitive xingona that is not to be messed with. She sleeps best with books in her bed and tacos in her belly and will never ever ever say no to a game pool. Andrea very likely likes your mom and Mexican food more than she likes you, and is forever counting down the minutes until she can put on her pajamas again.

One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: Queer Chicanx pocha from California, blood of the colonized and the colonizer in my veins, lover and fighter at once, a romantic.

What will you be presenting on? I will be presenting on tacos de carne asada and stories of my father.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Clean as you go, Andrea!

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Arroz con pollo in tomatillo sauce, with tortillas obviously.

Favorite food: My mother's pozole. When I miss her I go to my local Mexican restaurant to eat pozole and it's like being able to give her a hug.

Recommended reading: Anything Audre Lorde, but have been falling asleep lately with her collected poems in my bed; Anything by Eduardo Galeano, but I especially love Days and Nights of Love and War and Open Veins of Latin America; Spiral Bound by Dessa; This Bridge Called My Back by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Best meal(s): Those made in the company of loved ones. It could be beans and tortillas, but if the room is filled with loved ones, there's noting better at that moment.

Food you’d like to try: I'm terrified of head cheese, but I'll try anything twice, so...