Mexican food has now become a favorite around the world, but many people
know little about the country's diverse regional cuisines. Even within
Mexico, the history of food, as a symbol of cultural blending or
mestizaje, is known primarily through popular legends such as the
invention of mole poblano by the sisters of Santa Rosa. Historian
Jeffrey Pilcher seeks to elucidate this complex history, based on his
prize-winning book, Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of
Mexican Identity (1998). Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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University of Minnesota
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Dr. Fabian Garcia devoted his life to horticultural science. His work as a horticulturist changed the face of New Mexico agriculture, and that of a nation. Garcia was a member of New Mexico State University's first graduating class in 1894. When he became the director of New Mexico State University's Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service in 1913, he was the first Hispanic in the nation to lead a land-grant agricultural research station.
One of Garcia's most significant contributions to horticulture was the development of a new pod type in chile peppers, the "New Mexican" (mistakenly called "Anaheim"). This new pod variety opened commercial markets for New Mexico chile and established the New Mexico chile pepper food industry. He is known as the Father of the Mexican Food industry of the United States. He was also instrumental in establishing the pecan industry in New Mexico. He planted some of the first pecan trees in the Mesilla Valley, and today New Mexico has more than 30,000 acres of pecans. In addition, he laid the groundwork for New Mexico's successful onion industry.
His diverse horticulture publications included fruit and vegetable variety trials. He examined apple culture under irrigation, hardiness of fruit-buds and flowers to frost, onion seed production, grape crown-gall, early Grano onion culture, and codling moth. Some of Garcia's manuscripts, Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins, press bulletins, and speeches were written and published in both English and Spanish, making him the first American horticulturist to provide bilingual horticulture literature.
Garcia's monumental achievements and legacy of excellence are continuing to inspire researchers and students around the world.
Fabian Garcia's legacy lives on at the The Chile Pepper Institute. The Chile Pepper Institute is an international nonprofit organization devoted to education, research, and archiving information related to Capsicum. The Institute collaborates with the New Mexico State University Chile Breeding and Genetics Program to preserve chile germplasm, of both cultivated and wild species, and to advance the studies of chile pepper diseases. Furthermore, the Institute seeks to be an authoritative source of all types of information regarding Capsicum. Since its inception in 1992, it has been a recognized research institute in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University. The Institute is housed on the main campus of New Mexico State University, in Gerald Thomas Hall room 265, and is officially known as the Chile Pepper Institute Center for Chile Education. The Center offers a Chile Library with more than 600 books, a chile plant grow cart, displays on current NMSU chile research, chile art, the Institute's Hall of Flame, books, posters, seeds, and other chile related educational exhibits.
Dr. Paul Bosland is currently a Regents Professor in horticulture at New Mexico State University and Director of the Chile Pepper Institute. He is popularly known as the "Chileman." He leads the chile breeding and genetics research program at NMSU. Dr. Bosland is recognized nationally/internationally as one of the foremost experts on Capsicum. He has published more than 100 scientific papers dealing with chile pepper and is co-author of 6 books. He serves as the chairman of the annual New Mexico Chile Conference. He has served as chairman of the USDA Capsicum Crop Advisory Committee.
Dr. Bosland has received many honors and awards for excellence in research and teaching, including being named a Regents Professor, the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics Distinguished Researcher Award, inclusion in Who's Who in America, Wilson's Guide to Experts in Science and Technology, Distinguished Award for Graduate Teaching/Achievement Gamma Sigma Delta, and the infamous IgNobel, at Harvard University. He was honored by the European Scientific Committee on Capsicum and Eggplant by being the first American ever selected to serve on this Committee. He has delivered invited presentations or been a visiting professor at more than 30 of the nation's leading universities including, Harvard, MIT and U.C. Davis.
Dr. Bosland and his program have been featured in many media outlets. These range from Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Men's Health, Martha Stewart's Living, National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, Scientific American Frontiers, Food Network, Discovery Channel, to name just a few, and was highlighted in the award winning video "Green Gold - From the Maya to the Moon." He even has been an expert consult to the television show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
He earned his B.S. degree in 1976 in genetics, and an M.S. degree in vegetable crops in 1977 at U.C. Davis. While at U. C. Davis, he also earned a secondary teaching credential and subsequently taught at the high school and the community college level. Additionally, he worked in the Cooperative Extension Service as a Research Associate administering potato trials in California. After these experiences, he returned to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics in 1986. He joined the faculty in the Department of Horticulture at New Mexico State University in 1986, where he rose through the ranks to full professor in 1994.
His research has graced numerous International Science journals and one of his cultivars, 'NuMex Twilight', has been acclaimed by Organic Gardening as a "Plant Worth Having". Likewise, he has generously devoted his time as a classroom teacher in undergraduate and graduate courses and is highly regarded for his teaching skills. He receives very high compliments from his students in all of his courses and has made international graduate education a cornerstone of his program.
Dr. Bosland is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Horticultural Sciences, Gamma Sigma Delta, New Mexico Academy of Science, Scientific Board- Eucarpia - Capsicum & Eggplant and Sigma Xi.
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Turkey, cranberries, and succotash were all gifts of Native Americans. But what about German chocolate cake, Hungarian goulash, and Sichuan (SAY-zwan) chicken? Discover how New World food transformed most of the world's cuisines when Jean Feraca talks with the co-authors of a new cookbook from The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, after three on Here on Earth.
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