Literary Feasts: The Heart Is Not A Size, by Beth Kephart

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Mexican food is probably one of my favorite things to eat.  It’s simple and relatively easy to make a healthy meal from the common ingredients in Mexican fare.  Somehow when I have Mexican food, it rarely turns out to be as healthy as I would like it to be.  Instead of a baked tortillas, I want fried; I want plenty of cheese and sour cream, I want meat along with my beans, and I usually want to wash it down with a few margaritas.  Mexican food for me, is no less than an event.

Right now I am reading The Heart is Not A Size, by Beth Kephart and I was struck by theCover Image - The Heart is Not A Size, Beth Kephart simplicity and the heartiness of the meal that main characters Georgia and Riley have with new friends upon their arrival in Juarez, Mexico for an outreach program and  mission trip  they take part in during their junior year in high school.  Something about the writing that describes the normal fare of this Mexican town reminded me of the simplicity of the meals that I ate growing up – at the table with my family.  It prompted me  back to the meals I had before I grew up, developed the barest accents of sophistication and started eating trendy ethnic food in fancy and expensive New York restaurants.

Two women in white cooked for us that night-beans that softened to a purple, chicken in a tomato stew, tortillas.  There were sodas without ice and sterilized water from a five-gallon jug and some kind of pineapple-watermelon drink that Mack said was safe but that Riley and Sophie and Jazzy and I decided to forgo- all of us sitting together at the two picnic tables that had been dragged out from somewhere into the rubble.

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It’s 7 a.m.  Is it too early for Mexican?

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  1. Have I told you how much I like mexican food? I love the guacamole at Rosa Mexicana, but if you know better, let me know (and take me there!)

    1. We should try Dos Caminos. I don't now about the guac, but I have been to both places and I just love DC.
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  2. I like the Americanized version of Mexican food. We need to make plans to eat out at your Mexican restaurant when I'm up there.

    I'll be reading The Heart is Not a Size soon and I can't wait!

    1. I know! That time is rolling around really quickly.
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  3. It's never too early for Mexican. Oh, wait, Allie already said that. Well, it's worth repeating. So go have some chips and guacamole!

    1. It's definitely worth repeating. I'm allergic to avocado, but I do indulge in the salsa.
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    1. This is my first book by her. I am really enjoying it. It's just so hard to check out everything.
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    1. That makes sense. I get hungry putting these posts together as well!
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    1. Staci the only thing that was stopping me was that no place was open!
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  4. I love Mexican. I used to work in a Mexican restaurant when I was a teenager, so I have grown up with it. I even went to Mexico for my honeymoon. I had to search for where I had heard the name Beth Kephart, then realised it was the ghost book.
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    1. Yes, that's the one. I haven't had the chance to read that one yet.

      That must have been really good food if working in the restaurant didn't put you off of it.
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    1. And how many parts cheese, etc goes with that fat free sour cream. 🙂 It's okay. I tell myself tales while cooking too. Cooking healthier means I get to eat twice as much, because it's so healthy. right?
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    1. I agree! I was trying to picture myself saying I was over tacos or burrito or chorizo con huevos and I just couldn't picture it.
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    2. I agree! I was trying to picture myself saying I was over tacos or burrito or chorizo con huevos and I just couldn't picture it.
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    1. I love a lof of different food but I find that Mexican is one of my defaults.
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  5. yummmmm, i love mexican food! i haven't heard about this novel but did read 'nothing but ghosts' last year and loved it! i'm off to nab this new novel-thanks for the tip and for giving me a hankering for some mexican food!