Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Directed by Elizabeth Carroll | 2019 | 81 minutes | Not Rated | USA | English and Spanish with English Subtitles

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy – widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine.

At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico. Kennedy has lived ‘off-the-grid’ on an eight-acre ranch outside Zitácuaro, Michoacán since the 1970’s: composting, growing her own crops, and using solar power to run her home. Aware of her own mortality, she is working tirelessly to solidify the legacy of her life’s efforts, with the hope of turning her home into a foundation for culinary education in Mexico.

A two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana was decorated with an Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government and became a Member of the Order of the British Empire from the UK in 2002. Despite her notable achievements, Diana is difficult to categorize. Often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico,” but Diana prefers a different title: “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.”

Foodies take note. To celebrate the May 22 virtual cinema release, a Virtual Q&A will take place on Saturday, May 23 @ 5pm PT/8pm ET with director Elizabeth Carroll, chef Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), chef Gabriela Cámara (Contramara & Cala), and The New York Times food writer David Tanis.

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“Elizabeth Carroll’s zingy documentary portrait… puts a relevant, environmentally-minded contemporary lens on Kennedy’s cherished traditionalism.” Guy Lodge, Variety

“There’s more than enough here to get your teeth into.” — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian