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This is a review of the Gabriela Cámara Teaches Mexican Cooking class from MasterClass!
The MasterClass Instructor – Gabriela Cámara
This class opens with an introduction to Gabriela Cámara’s philosophy on food and hospitality. She talks about the importance of food in Mexican culture and how it brings people together. She places value on how you treat food, how you present it, and most importantly how you treat the people who come together to enjoy your food. All of these values shine through her restaurants where she focuses on farm-to-table cooking and creating a family environment. For those who are not familiar with Gabriela Cámara, she opened one of the first farm-to-table Mexican restaurants in Mexico City called Contramar. Her focus was on creating a restaurant that emphasizes the use of organic produce from local farms and seafood from Mexican waters.
To hear Gabriela Cámara tell it, meals are about more than just eating. “I grew up in a family where food was the glue of everything,” she says. “We had important conversations at the table while eating, we made important decisions at the table while eating, important guests were offered food. I have a very direct association between important moments in life and food. Just sharing a table brings people together in a way that few things do.”
In this class, viewers will learn the basic guidelines for Mexican cooking that will allow viewers get creative and improvise with their own cooking style. Viewers will learn how to make a variety of dishes including fresh corn tortillas, tacos, tamales, and tostados de atún. The class includes dishes from her restaurant, Contramar, and also a few recipes Gabriela loves to make at home. Throughout the class, viewers will also learn about Mexican culture, the importance of corn, and how to each sustainably.
Mexican Cooking – Who is it for?
This class is for anyone who wants to learn more about Mexican cooking. The class really focuses on understanding where your food comes from and the importance of certain ingredients in Mexican culture. Gabriela breaks down each process so no matter how much experience you have, you can follow along and master all of these fundamental skills. She walks through everything from some of her favorite everyday dishes to dinner party show stopping recipes.
MasterClass Gabriela Cámara – Main Themes
- Quality ingredients
- Taste all the time
MasterClass Workbook – Gabriela Cámara
The workbook for this class will be your guide to recreating the amazing recipes demonstrated in the video lessons. The workbook includes reviews of each video lesson, learn more sections, and all of the recipes. The learn more sections provide great opportunities to learn more about everything from certain types of corn and where to find them to a handy guide to Mexican chilies. The workbook also opens with a brief section on what you may need to cook some of the meals in this class.
MasterClass Mexican Cooking Key Takeaways
Gabriela has created a fantastic class that really breaks down some amazing recipes while also providing great insights into the importance of food in Mexican culture. During this class, viewers are able to explore the importance and how to make their own masa and homemade tortillas de maíz (corn tortillas). The class then dives right into salsas, tacos, quesadillas, and tamales to really provide viewers with the fundamental skills of Mexican cooking. As the class progresses, Gabriela demonstrates how to make some of her favorite dishes served at her restaurants, including pescado a la talla (red and green roasted fish) and tostadas de atún (tuna tostados).
Food is such an important part of Mexican culture. Food is such a binding element of who we are and of how we relate to wherever we’re from…we are all very proud of being Mexicans through the food.
What I loved about this class was the attention to detail and how Gabriela incorporates the rich history behind each dish and ingredient she used. Her philosophy on food and hospitality really shines through how she prepares her food and how she has taught this class. She also closes her class with a great inside look at how she has incorporated her philosophy at her restaurants and she encourages viewers to bring this same love and care for each ingredient and dish into their own homes.
Final Thoughts Gabriela Cámara’s MasterClass
I loved this class from the very beginning! Gabriela has created a class that allows viewers to cook fantastic meals and bring their own families together, while also sharing some of her own culture and philosophy with viewers. If you are looking for a class that will provide amazing new recipes and inspire you to take pride in your cooking, this is the class for you!
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