Elizabeth Carroll’s name appears just below “Directed By,” when her credit should read, “Keeping Pace With a 90-Year-Old Activist, Author, and Honorable Foodie by.” Who knew the world’s foremost authority on regional Mexican cuisine was a white British lady? Diana Kennedy is a recipe catcher, traveling the backroads of Mexico, researching and gathering data on pinches of this and dashes of that. Her feisty nature calls to mind Katherine Hepburn, first when she refers to her late husband Paul as “the Spencer Tracy type,” and again when the word “calla lilies” blooms from her lips. Kennedy is equally celebrated for her PBS series The Art of Mexican Cooking, and a then-and-now comparison of guacamole recipes finds that little has changed — particularly an avoidance of blenders and garlic. Her thoughts on sustainable living are as reliable as the cooking classes taught out of her kitchen, a tradition that continues to this day. Visit the Digital Gym’s website for a screening link. (2019) — Scott Marks
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