Cook by the Book: “Mexican Gothic”

Cook By the Book:
Mexican Gothic

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Please join us for a special Beyond the Book experience as we bring our Cook by the Book series online. We are thrilled to partner with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites, to present an exploration of the art and culinary traditions of Mexico, as inspired by the bestselling novel Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. We may not be able to share a kitchen at this time but we can virtually cook together and share a meal. Our evening will include a lecture over cocktails, and the preparation of dinner, followed by a book club discussion of Mexican Gothic, led by Julie Robinson, as we all sit down to enjoy what we have cooked.

We invite you to have anyone in your household join you as we Cook by the Book and enjoy our meal and discussion.

Sparkling Gin Margarita
Crepas de Champiñones con Salsa de Chile Poblano – Mushroom Crepes with Chili Poblano Sauce

In your confirmation email you will receive the recipes and equipment needed along with your Zoom link.


Thursday, November 12

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Your own kitchen and table.

$115 per household.

Space is limited. NO REFUNDS.


After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.


Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow, named one of the best books of summer 2019 by Publishers Weekly; Signal to Noise, named one of the best books of the year by Book Riot, Tordotcom, BuzzFeed, io9, and other publications; Certain Dark Things, one of NPR’s best books of the year, a Publishers Weekly top ten, and a VOYA “Perfect Ten”; the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Maite Gomez-Rejón is the founder of ArtBites. She has dedicated her career to exploring the nexus of art and culinary history through lectures, cooking classes, and tastings presented in museums across the country and on her YouTube channel – ArtBites: Cooking Art History. She has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine, and interviewed on KCRW’s Good Food and NPR’s Splendid Table. Her essays and articles have been published in Life & Thyme, Eaten Magazine, Gastro Obscura and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.