Join Betty Fussell & Cocinar Mexicano from January 4-13, 2013 for a Food Writing Intensive and Cooking Immersion
9 nights, 8 days in the Legendary Village of Tepoztlán at the Historic Posada del Tepoztlan
Cooking has long been a form of storytelling -- each sizzling pot and simmering sauce on the stove holds the potential for a story. At Word of Mouth, hone both your cooking and your storytelling skills. This 9-night, 8-day writing retreat set in the heart of a lush Mexican hilltop village is geared to writers who cook and cooks who write -- people who are passionate about food and eager to write about it too. Focus on the ingredients of your sentences in daily workshops with renowned food writer Betty Fussell, and when your class is up, focus on your edible ones. Explore Tepoztlán’s legendary market, walk its cobbled streets, and cook your way through the traditional Mexican pantry with Cocinar Mexicano, where you'll discover the rich culinary culture from local women. When the retreat is over, you'll have a new story to tell.
About Betty Fussell
She's been called "one of the pioneering voices on food culture in the U.S.", and with good reason. For roughly half a century, Betty Fussell has been a leading food writer and culinary historian. With a James Beard award, multiple books, and numerous articles in Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Saveur, and Gastronomica under her belt, it's safe to call her an expert on the subject.
About Cocinar Mexicano / Magda Bogin
Founder of the writing program Under the Volcano, novelist and translator Magda Bogin (Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits) is also the brains behind the Cocinar Mexicano operation, which provides an immersion in authentic Mexican cuisine while showing participants the "range, roots, and depth" of Mexican cooking and culture. To celebrate Under the Volcano’s 10th anniversary season, Magda expertly merges cooking and writing in Word of Mouth, so you'll get the best of both.
About Historic Posada del Tepoztlan Hotel
If learning from the best in the food and writing businesses isn't enough for you, waking up in the Valley of Tepoztlán, overlooking lush gardens to the south and the central square to the south and the Tepozteco mountain to the north, should do it. The charming Posada del Tepozteco has over 50 years of history, and the village itself, which boasts one of Mexico’s two mountaintop pyramids and a UNESCO World Heritage church, has thousands more. Visit the local archeology museum, stroll the flowered streets or gaze at 16th century frescoes in between your essays and your entrees.
- From January 4-13, 2013, spend your 8 full days in the heart of a traditional Mexican village, and your 9 nights in one of Mexico's premiere boutique hotels.
- In an intimate, ten-person group, foster your interest in food writing with daily workshops led by Betty Fussell.
- Learn your way around the Mexican table through 2 hands-on cooking workshops with village women.
- Opening sunset reception overlooking the village.
- Art history presentation with curator Janet Dawson.
- Market tour with bilingual experts, including Cocinar Mexicano founder Magda Bogin.
- Participation in village fiestas, including Mexico’s famous Three Kings Day.
- Closing banquet during the Fiesta of Santo Domingo -- and the option to join village women to help prepare it.
- Free entrance to evening readings and performances by featured writers & composers as part of Under the Volcano 2013.
- Tell us your story! After you book, email us a brief description of how food writing plays a role in your life and what you hope to get out of the workshop with Betty.
How to Redeem
- Purchase 1 voucher per person according to planned room occupancy (price is per person).
- **Note: A "Travel Companion" voucher may be booked for someone traveling with a writing workshop participant, who does not wish to partake in this portion of the daily itinerary.
- Email Magda at Cocinar Mexicano at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm reservation.
- In your email please include:
- The full name of each traveler
- The voucher code for each traveler.
- Your address, email and preferred contact number.
- Tell us your story! Please provide a brief description of how food writing plays a role in your life and what you hope to get out of the workshop with Betty.
- Pack your bags and Buen viaje
- Refund Policy: This trip is refundable, less a $250 fee per person, up until Nov 4th, 2012 (60 days prior to arrival). Following Nov 11th, 2012, this trip is non-refundable.
- The workshop costs includes airport transfers in comfortable vans, all meals specified in the itinerary, materials, accommodation, cultural events, guides during included tours and health insurance for the duration of the workshop.
- Price Excludes: airfare into and out of Mexico City and is exclusive of gratuities to drivers, hotel employees and Cocinar staff.
- Optional massage, private yoga & temascal can be arranged at the hotel at an additional price.
- Extended stays can be arranged dependent on availability.
"From my hotel window on my first morning in Tepoztlán, I took in the soaring volcanic peaks where Quetzalcóatl, the brilliantly plumed Aztec dragon god, is said to have been born. In the blue-green valley that is part of this central Mexico town stood a 16th-century cathedral with ivory-colored spires. To the left, the sun was rising over the broad cliff wall of Sierra del Tepozteco..." -- The New York Times