Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner. Fifth of May. The holiday many think, incorrectly, commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain. Cinco de Mayo actually marks Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862, when U.S. forces came to the aid of the Mexican army. To honor the holiday, Chef Bud of the Books & Cooks series at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library tackles another milestone in Mexico’s rich history, this one culinary.
Molé is a dark brown sauce served over meat that combines ingredients from the native Nahuatl culture and Europe, symbolizing Mexico’s mixed indigenous and European heritage and associated traditions. Tuesday, May 1, 12:00 p.m., which marks the 36th episode and third year of the popular series, Chef Bud, with wife Jennie in the driver’s seat this time, prepares this favorite, but difficult dish. (Hint: chili peppers are the essential ingredient.)
Because many fans of Books & Cooks are off enjoying the off-season, the Wilkinson Public Library plans to celebrate the anniversary at the next scheduled installment, which takes place Tuesday, June 5. Until then, community members relaxing in slightly warmer climates can tune into Books & Cooks when the program airs live. Just go to www.telluridelibrary.org/wpltv.
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