Mercedes Orozco is a visual artist and the director of UNA Gallery.
One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: Born and raised in Mexico City, forever in a state of identity crisis.
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Don't taste the beans for salt, taste the water.
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Tacos!
Favorite food: My mom's Gorditas de Frijol (a fried dough made of masa and beans), topped with my dad's Salsa Macha (oil-based with chile de árbol and garlic)
Recommended reading: Old diary entries or letters, by a younger you. Or All in the Timing by David Ives
Best meal(s): The evening of my grandmother's funeral, after a mass held by atheists, communists and old intellectuals, we gathered for dinner at an old friend's restaurant in Mexico City, Arrebatto. I can't tell if the food was the most delicious thing I'd ever tasted because the company and spirit of the group was the most delightful I'd ever felt, or vice versa. We laughed and loved all night, I tried food for the first time that was so delicate and so delicious I'll remember it forever.
Food you’d like to try: Chiles en Nogada