Marcela Valladolid Hosts Cinco de Mayo Week
A lot of gringos assume that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican equivalent of America’s Fourth of July Celebration but it is not Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, it is not much of a holiday in Mexico. It is simply a remembrance of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Mexican Independence Day is known as Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) and is celebrated on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo was chosen because it flows better than Décimosexto de Septiembre. But Cinco de Mayo as we celebrate it here in the US is born from the same place as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – the boardroom of some Manhattan marketing firm. Where the goal with the other three is to sell cards and flowers here it has been an attempt to create another St. Patrick’s Day. Like St. Paddy’s, Cinco de Mayo is designed to sell two things, alcohol and food.
That’s why the Food Network has Mexican Made Easy’s Marcela Valladolid hosting a week of Cinco de Mayo themed programming. They’ll be running virtually every Mexican-themed Throwdown Bobby Flay has ever done and the same goes for Guy’s Triple D visits to Mexican restaurants. Also part of the fiesta is the premiere of the newest season of Mexican Made Easy in which Marcela is joined by none other than Eva Longoria.
To help get you into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo Marcela (author of Fresh Mexico available at amazon) has sent over a few recipes. I’ll post a few throughout the week so be sure to check back daily right HERE. Also check the Food Network’s Cinco de Mayo HQ for recipes and tips from the whole FN gang including Aaron’s Celebration Picks, Bobby’s Taco Bash and 50 different nacho recipes. 50! Now for Marcela’s Mexico City-Style Tacos.