Hungry for History with Eva Longoria and Maite Gomez-Rejón

Hungry for History with Eva Longoria and Maite Gomez-Rejón

Hosts EVA LONGORIA and MAITE GOMEZ-REJÓN explore the origins of some of the most delicious dishes, ingredients, and beverages from their culture. They’ll share personal memories and family stories, decode culinary customs, and even provide a recipe for listeners to try at home. Through lighthearted dialogue and historical facts, our hosts will take us on a culinary journey that will connect our past with our present and prove that we are all Hungry for History.

Episodes

January 26, 2023 27 min

From how it arrived in Mexico to how it would become one of the most indulgent ingredients in Mexican dishes, Eva and Maite dive into the history of cheese. Also, chef/owner Teresa Montaño of Otoño restaurant in Highland Park, CA - sends us tips on how to make the perfect charcuterie board.

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While in Peralada, Spain - Eva and Maite trace how wine first arrived in Mexico. Like olive trees, wine was introduced after the conquest and was banned from being produced when it became a direct competition to wine production in Spain. Plus, Eva shares how she became a wine enthusiast and the women do a taste test.

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January 12, 2023 27 min

Eva and Maite explore the history of the humble bean while still in the small medieval village of Peralada, Spain. Plus, the women cook a 2-day bean dish, and special guests drop by to taste test their soup - Pepe, Eva's husband, and actor Amaury Nolasco.

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January 5, 2023 25 min

While still in Spain, which produces the most olive oil in the world, Eva and Maite explore the history of the olive tree. Known in mythology as the immortal tree because it can live for thousands of years, it was first introduced to Mexico early on during the conquest. Production of olive oil would eventually be forbidden in 1777 by Spain's King Charles III, who felt threatened when Mexico's product grew in popularity. Als...

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December 29, 2022 27 min

Eva and Maite ring in 2023 in the small medieval village of Peralada, Spain. While drinking bubbly, the women discuss the history of some of the most iconic Latin American holiday traditions. From posadas to eating bacalao to enjoying ponche navideño, Eva and Maite celebrate the new year by exploring some of the traditions they grew up with and those they still enjoy today.

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December 22, 2022 28 min

Tamales are enjoyed all year round but become the center of the Mexican household around the holidays, a testament to the 10,000 year old dish with roots in Mesoamerica. In this episode, Eva and Maite unwrap the history of tamales while taste testing some from Tamales Olmeca in Los Angeles. Plus, a listener sends in a message sharing her family's tradition of making and eating tamales during Christmas. 

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December 15, 2022 24 min

Still in Veracruz, where coffee first entered Mexico, Eva and Maite explore how this exhilarating beverage changed the world. From its place of origin in Africa to the first coffeehouses and intellectual movements, Eva and Maite dive deep into this topic. Plus, Eva shares her espresso tequila martini recipe and two guests join the show - Fernando Diaz of Proyecto Diaz Coffee and Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia of Mayan Harvest.

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December 8, 2022 23 min

While still in Veracruz, Eva and Maite unpack the history of rice. Not native to Mexico, the Spanish conquistadores first introduced rice through the port of Veracruz, a city with lush tropical climate that also happened to be perfect for growing it. Like sugar, when its popularity exploded so did the slave trade. Also, Eva shares how she cooks perfectly fluffy Mexican rice and the owners of Horchateria Rio Luna in Paramount, CA te...

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December 1, 2022 29 min

Eva and Maite travel to Papantla, Mexico - home of vanilla. Founded by the Totonacs, vanilla's first cultivators, the city of Papantla is the perfect place to explore the history of this edible orchid native to Mexico. Plus, Maite attends a Voladores de Papantla rain ceremony and Eva pollinates a vanilla bean at a farm called, Gaya Vanilla

Vanilla Chicken Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken cutlets
  • 2 vanilla bean...
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    November 24, 2022 30 min

    In honor of all the Thanksgiving holiday cooking, Eva and Maite celebrate home cooks by highlighting two culinary figures in Mexican history who revolutionized the idea of recipes and cookbooks – Vicenta Torres de Rubio and Josefina Velázquez de León. Also, Maite visits a San Judas Tadeo celebration of thanks in Montebello, CA organized by Chef Elsa Chan, one of the founders of Ek’Balam Yucatan Cuisine.

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    November 17, 2022 26 min

    By far, the greatest gift Mexico has given the world is chocolate. While Eva and Maite eat fresh cacao beans, they explore the rich history of the 4,000-year-old cacao tree which the Mayans believed was the bearer of all life and the reason their civilization came into existence. Plus, Amelia Gonzalez Garcia - Founder and CEO of Casa de Chocolates, shares why supporting fair-trade products is so important.

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    November 10, 2022 22 min

    Eva and Maite discuss the history of sugar and dive into the brutal aspects that are rarely discussed when talking about Mexican history. Maite walks through the streets of La Huaca, a neighborhood in Veracruz, Mexico. Plus, Melanie Lino, baker and owner of Made By Lino, talks about pan de batata.

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    November 3, 2022 24 min

    Dia de Los Muertos wouldn’t be the same without pan dulce. Our hosts explore the history of wheat and pan dulce, with a focus on the ubiquitous concha. Mexico City baker and instructor, Eliceo Lara, shares his childhood recipe for rebanadas. 

    Eliceo Lara’s Rebanadas Recipe  

    Instructions:  

  • Cut a loaf of bread into thick slices. Sourdough or brioche work great.  
  • Make a simple buttercream by incorporating 1/3 cup of room temperature...
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    October 27, 2022 27 min

    Eva and Maite celebrate Halloween by talking about the evolution of Mexican candies. From ceremonial pre-Hispanic treats to Baroque confections developed in colonial convent kitchens, to modern spicy chamoys, these treats trace Mexico’s complex history. Plus, Maite visits a candy museum in Michoacán, Mexico and Art Historian, Dr. Elizabeth Morán, tells us about the ancient treat, Alegrías. 

    Maite’s Recipes:  

  • Alegrías 
  • Cajeta  
  • Lear...

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    In Aztec mythology the fertility goddess, Mayahuel, is the personification of the agave plant - the source of some of the most delicious spirits in Mexican culture. Eva and Maite talk about the ritual significance of pulque, a fermented drink, to the introduction of distillation techniques post-conquest and the first mezcal, all while drinking margaritas! Ivan Vasquez, owner of Madre Restaurant in Los Angeles, shares his thoughts o...

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    October 13, 2022 27 min

    Eva and Maite kick off the series with the tortilla, a staple in Mexican cuisine and the source of a centuries-long conundrum... corn or wheat? The women taste test Eva’s homemade flour tortillas and try some from Sonoratown, a casual destination for Northern Mexican-style tacos in Los Angeles. Maite visits Acapulco Mexicatessen in East LA to experience the nixtamalization process. Plus, Jorge Gaviria, founder of Masienda, shares h...

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