letty presented at Tender Table on Sunday, March 18 at High & Low Gallery in Portland, OR.
letty chichitonyolotli is a first generation Mexicanx, Norteñé, their family of origin come from the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas on the gulf coast. Many of the family traditions and much of the indigenous identity of their family has been lost as a result of colonization, death from disease and forced assimilation and letty chichitonyolotli has been working for the past 15 years to recover family traditional healing arts and connection to nature after suffering a susto, while serving in the US armed forces. Today, letty chichitonyolotli works professionally as a pet care professional in training and behavior support and as a folk herbalist and consejerx (counselor). Their educational and experiential roots are based in social justice and public health work previous to and following time spent in the military.
One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: Living with an open heart takes practice
What will you be presenting on? Frijoles borachos
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Honor the food and give thanks to the hands that brought it to the table
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Pozole
Favorite food: Pozole
Recommended reading: Kissing the Virgin's Mouth by Donna Gershten
Best meals: Meals made with many hands to feed many mouths
Food you’d like to try: What you got?