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Virtual Cinema: Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Cookbook author and environmental activist Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering Mexican cuisine.
(NR, 82 min.)

When you buy a ticket for DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY, 50% of the proceeds go directly to the Moxie.

Foodies take note. To celebrate the May 22 virtual cinema release of DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY about the James Beard-winning master of Mexican cuisine, a virtual Q&A will take place with director Elizabeth Carroll, chef Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), chef Gabriela Cámara (Contramara & Cala), and The New York Times food writer David Tanis.

Saturday, May 23 @ 8pm ET/5pm PT
You can register here via the below Zoom link.

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy - widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico. Kennedy has lived ‘off-the-grid’ on an eight-acre ranch outside Zitácuaro, Michoacán since the 1970’s: composting, growing her own crops, and using solar power to run her home. Aware of her own mortality, she is working tirelessly to solidify the legacy of her life’s efforts, with the hope of turning her home into a foundation for culinary education in Mexico. [Metacritic]

Starring:Diana Kennedy, José Andrés, Gabriela Camara
Director: Elizabeth Carroll
Languages: English, Spanish
Genre: Documentary

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"Cinematic comfort food of the first order"

— Variety

"A charming documentary that allows its subject’s vibrant personality shine through."

— Quelle Movies

"A candid, frank, and comprehensive whirlwind tour through the life and work of one of the world’s most celebrated (and uncompromising) chefs."

— The Gate

"Kennedy... proves endlessly good company, curious, compassionate and beloved in the country where she has spent the bulk of her adult life."

— Danny Leigh, Financial Times

"Elizabeth Carroll's zingy documentary portrait... puts a relevant, environmentally-minded contemporary lens on Kennedy's cherished traditionalism."

— Guy Lodge, Variety

"Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an affectionate and reverential look at a remarkable figure and a testament to her achievements within the Mexican culinary landscape."

— Adam Lowes, CineVue