About Zarela Martinez

Zarela Martinez

Zarela Martinez is a restaurateur and cookbook author born in the Mexican border town of Agua Prieta. While taking a cooking class in New Orleans, Martinez captured the attention of Paul Prudhomme, who served as her mentor. Martinez opened her own restaurant, Zarela, in New York City in 1997. Her first cookbook, Food from My Heart was nominated for best international book of the year by The James Beard Foundation. Two more books followed, The Food and Life of Oaxaca, and Zarela’s Veracruz, which was also the companion book to the 13-part PBS series Zarela! La Cocina Veracruzana. @ZarelaMartinez

Day of the Dead bread on a plate, 2 with sugar and 2 with white sesame seeds, beside a cup of Mexican hot chocolate and a sugar skull.

Day of the Dead Bread ~ Pan de Muerto

Mexican Day of the Dead is a sweet celebration of those who have gone before us as well as an enticement for them to come back for a day or two to celebrate with us.