An intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy – widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico. Kennedy has lived ‘off-the-grid’ on an eight-acre ranch outside Zitácuaro, Michoacán since the 1970’s: composting, growing her own crops, and using solar power to run her home. Aware of her own mortality, she is working tirelessly to solidify the legacy of her life’s efforts, with the hope of turning her home into a foundation for culinary education in Mexico.
Featuring extensive interviews with Kennedy and famed chefsJosé Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy provides an intimate look at the author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner. Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”.
“Elizabeth Carroll’s zingy documentary portrait… puts a relevant, environmentally-minded contemporary lens on Kennedy’s cherished traditionalism.” – Guy Lodge / Variety
“Kennedy… proves endlessly good company, curious, compassionate and beloved in the country where she has spent the bulk of her adult life.” Danny Leigh / Financial Times
Elizabeth Carroll | Documentary | 81 mins | USA
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