Mexican Cooking School
West of Veracruz beyond the coffee and vanilla plantations the road climbs to the high plateau of central Mexico.Here is Tlaxcala where I live and where the indigenous tribes and Europeans first mixed. Nearby is the city of Puebla where I was born and where the kitchens of the “New World” joined with those of Spain, Persia, and France, creating “Cocina Poblana” the Cuisine of Puebla. This is a fusion of tastes that are unique to this area of Mexico and far beyond what is thought of as “Mexican Cuisine”. The Mexican Home Cooking School is renowned worldwide and you will see us in many magazines, books, tv shows and videos listing us right at the top of Mexican Cooking Schools.
About Estella and our Mexican Cooking School in Tlaxcala (next door to Puebla!)
My desire is to keep this cuisine alive and pass on the recipes of my family. From aficionados to serious cooks who are interested in new culinary delights I share my experience with you at “Mexican Home Cooking School“. The wonderful part is that you don’t have to be an advanced cook to learn this type of cooking. I base my classes on the ability of each person and make the techniques simple to learn. You’ll be surprised how complex the flavors turn out and you will return home able to reproduce these dishes in your own kitchen. Although chiles are used, this is not a cuisine that is about hot and spicy (unless you want it to be). The chiles are used to produce flavors as ancient as the Aztecs and as sophisticated as French cuisine. We share many of our family secrets you will not find at other Mexican cooking schools. Our Mexican Home Cooking School will show you techniques and tastes that you will incorporate into your kitchen and share with your family and friends.
I invite you to join me for a week of immersion in Mexican cuisine and life; in my house “Casa Carmelita” where you will cook and experience the routines of a Mexican country home. More than just a cooking school this is an experience of Mexico and its cuisine that is rarely found.
Relax, cook, enjoy sightseeing with friends or family (or both) at Mexican Home Cooking School
Give yourself the pleasure of a quiet haven of cooking and relaxing; a wonderful way to spend a week with others from around the world, a glass of wine in hand swapping tales and hearing stories about Mexico, its culture, cooking and tasting its food.
Culinary Vacation Mexico / Culinary Retreat in Mexico
Sightsee in the afternoon and return in the evening for cocktails and a candlelit gourmet dinner. If the evening is cool relax in front of the fireplace in your room with that book you never have time to read at home.
What a wonderful thing, to take home Mexican Cooking to use and enjoy for years to come with family and friends instead of just returning with photographs and trinkets. Our Mexican cooking school will give you a lifetime of memories and tastes and techniques.
Before there were Mexican Cooking Schools
Long before there was “Mexican Cuisine” the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Totonacs, Toltecs, and Aztecs came and intermixed their cultures, customs, and kitchens. For thousands of years before the Europeans arrived, before Rome was even a village, a sophisticated cuisine was developing here.
When the Spanish came in 1619 the mixture of kitchens began. Many indigenous dishes were accepted and adapted but many more were lost. more…
Press and reviews
In the two years I have been in Mexico, one of the most enjoyable and certainly one of my most memorable trips was my stay at the Mexican Home Cooking School outside the city of Tlaxcala. In my job, it is important to learn about the culture and try to find ways to better understand what makes a country and its people tick. The hands-on cooking experience, shopping in the local produce market, visits to the local attractions, and the insights into Mexican cuisine and history that we got from our hosts Jon and Estela were invaluable and gave me a better appreciation for the unique aspects of Mexican culture. more…