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20220920 MOSTH Melissa Guerra headshotThe Museum of South Texas History welcomes chef and author Melissa Guerra to the Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “Three Traditional Desserts of the Wild Horse Desert,” at 2 p.m. on Sept 25.

Guerra will discuss details about her book, “Dishes of the Wild Horse Desert,” and sample desserts: cajeta de leche de cabra, dulce de frijol and mesquite flour chocolate chip cookies. The desserts feature regional ingredients—and attendees will have a chance to taste all three.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Guerra’s book, “The Texas Provincial Kitchen,” is available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Museum staff will also lead a guided tour through “En la Cocina,” a spotlight exhibit which embraces regional culinary heritage in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

According to Guerra’s Kitchen Wrangler website, Guerra is an eighth generation Texan, born and raised on a working cattle ranch in South Texas. She is a self-taught culinary expert and food historian, specializing in the food ways of the American continent, especially Texas regional, Mexican and Latin American cuisine. Her second cookbook, “Dishes from the Wild Horse Desert: Norteño Cuisine of South Texas,” was a finalist for a James Beard Award in the category of Foods of the Americas, and for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award in the same category. The “Texas Provincial Kitchen” was her first cookbook and was self-published.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.

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