Diana Kennedy is a legend.
Curious, intrepid, gutsy. She’s an adventurer, tooling about Mexico in her 1999 double-cabin Nissan truck, a camper top over the back, a cot and a sleeping bag inside.
She’s also 87 and doesn’t plan to slow her almost 40-year campaign to tell the world about the glories of Mexican cuisine.
Credit her appetite: “I am tenacious. And I love to eat,” she said during a phone chat. “I go into the field and see some delectable thing they’re cooking, wild plants perhaps, and think, ‘Oh my God, I have to write about this.’ I just think it’s insatiable curiosity. To me, life is a continuous process of learning.”
To that end, she has added a ninth English-language cookbook to her resume, a behemoth weighing more than 6 pounds, titled “Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy” (University of Texas Press, $50).
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