Discover ancestral plant food traditions in Oaxaca

Oaxaca Community

Eduardo Vera
(Lalo)

Oaxaca Chef/Teacher

Chef Eduardo Vera Morales

 I come from the community of Sola de Vega in Oaxaca. I’m 28 years old and have been cooking for my living since the age of 16. Currently I am Chef of Hotel Con Corazón, and I am the founder of Atila Del Sur Mezcal and Atila Del Sur Cuisine. 

I grew up amongst four generations of amazing women: my great-grandmother, grandma, my mom and sisters, and we all worked side-by-side, cooking and sharing the full environment of cuisine.This experience taught me to relate to cuisine through many layers. I seek to show and share this through the material, the spiritual, and the emotions that manifest in all the stages and transitions from the land, to the preparation and sharing of food.

As a new generation of chefs, I respect my traditions, ingredients, producers and those that cook. My aim is to connect my roots with my quest to create, and learn new ways of appreciating what my land offers me.

Read an article Margret wrote about Lalo for Culinary Backstreets… Click here

Suzanne Barbezat

Oaxaca Guide

Suzanne Barbezat

Suzanne is a writer specializing in Mexico travel, culture and food. She is the author of Frida Kahlo at Home (Frances Lincoln, 2016), a book that explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, La Casa Azul and other places Frida Kahlo called home, on her life and work. 

As the Mexico Travel expert for Tripsavvy (previously About.com) since 2006 and the local expert for Oaxaca on Afar.com, Suzanne shares her knowledge of the country and information for travelers about destinations, attractions, cultural traditions, food, events, and much more.  

As a vegetarian herself, over her more than 20 years living in Oaxaca  she has amassed a wealth of knowledge about the local ingredients and the plant-based dishes prepared from them.