Authors Speak Features Anita Rodriguez May 26

Self portrait,Me My Bones My Roses’. Courtesy/Anita Rodriguez


The public is invited to Mesa Public Library on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. for the latest installment in the ongoing Authors Speak series, featuring Taos resident Anita Rodriguez. Rodriguez is an award-winning artist, who is also widely known as an enjarradora, or plasterer and finisher of adobe buildings.

“Unique, spirited, brilliant, strong” are the words that come to mind when describing the author and artist Anita Rodriguez. Her new book Coyota in the Kitchen is a striking memoir, laced with recipes, paintings and anecdotes from a time and culture that has to be experienced to be believed.This book of stories and recipes introduces two eccentric families that would never have eaten together, let alone exchanged recipes, but for the improbable marriage of the author’s parents: a nuevomexicano from Taos and a painter who came from Texas to New Mexico to study art.

Book cover for Coyota in the Kitchen, painting by Anita Rodriguez. Courtesy/UNM Press

Rodriguez’ family provides the backdrop and the recipes for this entertaining yet serious story about culture clash. She takes us from the mountain villages of New Mexico in the 1940s to sipping mint juleps on the porch of a mansion in the South, and also on a prolonged pilgrimage to Mexico and back again to New Mexico.

Rodriguez will sell her book and also notecards at the reading.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of eachmonth, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.

For more information about library events, visit the library’s website at and click on the Events calendar, or call 505.662.8253.

Rodriguez’ website is