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Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2019)

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (original title)
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Cookbook author and environmental activist Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering Mexican cuisine.


Elizabeth Carroll


Elizabeth Carroll, Yaara Sumeruk (Story Consultant)
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Credited cast:
José Andrés ... Self
Gabriela Camara Gabriela Camara ... Self
Diana Kennedy Diana Kennedy ... Self
Alice Waters ... Self
Nick Zukin Nick Zukin ... Self


Winner of the 2019 SXSW Special Jury Award for 'Excellence in Storytelling', NOTHING FANCY provides an intimate look at 'Mexicanophile' and nonagenarian Diana Kennedy - a veritable gastronomical anthropologist who's dedicated over six decades of her life to traversing Mexico collecting, preserving, and sharing a wealth of distinct regional dishes and preparatory traditions across nine acclaimed cookbooks. DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY features extensive footage of the charismatic and fiery scholar of traditional Mexican cuisine on her property in eastern Michoacán, alongside interviews with famed chefs José Andrés, Gabriela Cámara, Rick Bayless, and Alice Waters. Written by Mae Moreno

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Excellent documentary about a very opinionated woman
4 July 2020 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (2019) was written and directed by Elizabeth Carroll. This film is a creative mixture of interview, contemporary footage, and historic footage.

Diaba Kennedy--still alive and well at age 97--is a world-renowned expert on Mexican cooking. She has written nine cookbooks, each one about the cuisines of Mexico. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, and has gathered recipes wherever she goes.

This movie has an anemic IMDb rating of 6.6. I think that's because Kennedy isn't a sociable or even very likable person. Basically, there are only two ways of doing Mexican cooking--her way or the wrong way. Someone that opinionated and self-assured doesn't make for a happy movie.

My thought is that Kennedy is Kennedy, and the movie showed her as she is. You can form your own opinion about whether you'd like to invite Kennedy over for dinner. I rated the movie based on how well I thought it reflected Kennedy's work and personality, and rated it 9.

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Michoacan , Mexico

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