LA CIOCCOLATA DEI MISSIONARI  – Bestiame, Frumento, e l’eredita’ di Padre Kino nel Messico settentrionale e in Arizona – Storia e Ricette [Cover price Euros 22]

A recently published book by Elisabetta featuring the passionate story of the Northern Italian missionary Padre Kino (Eusebio Chini) who between 1681 and 1711 changed the food culture of an entire north american region. A region which at his time was called Pimeria Alta, which however today, includes northern Messico with the state of Sonora, Baja California, and U.S. Arizona. The book, in Italian, with beautiful color photographs of landscapes and ingredients and recipes is not only a religious tale of a sturdy Christian mountain man who with his education, with his mentality of tolerance, and with physical stamina gave impetus to an entirely new economy but a history of how a fusion of European, Oriental, and American foods can shape and change the typical gastronomy of a territory.

160 pages – 91 color photographs – 9 ancient maps – 37 sweet and savory recipes together with a chapter and an analytical index together with foot notes and useful 3 charts depicting Mexican, Italian and North American meat cuts. Available in book shops and via the internet (Feltrinelli – or directly from the Italian publisher Edizioni Osiride, Viale del Lavoro, 14B 38068 Rovereto (Trento) Italy at or by emailing

A new book describing Padre Kino’s heritage in Northern Mexico and Arizona with the history of imported and exported foods such as cattle, wheat and chocolate

Padre Kino’s Pimeria -Padre Kino heritage in Northern Mexico and Arizona – about cattle, wheat and chocolate -All rights reserved by Culinary Roots and Recipes 2019