A Food for Thought

Nationality: Mexican/American
Primary Language: English
Age: 22
Occupation: Student
Date: 4/21/2024

Text: “Mole is not just a dish. To us it’s a culinary ritual in Mexican culture.” 


E.C. recalls her grandmother’s meticulous process of making mole for family reunions. She said it was made with over 15 ingredients, sometimes including chocolate and various spices. Also adding that its preparation is often reserved for special occasions and is a labor of love to bring to a reunion.


Mole exemplifies the deep connection between food and cultural identity, serving as a tangible link to history and to the complexity of Mexican culinary arts. I also interpret this tradition as a celebration of culinary heritage. It also has the power to strengthen familial bonds and honor their ancestors.