Susana Trilling, Oaxaca resident and author of My Search for the Seventh Mole (as in MOH-lay), offers an unusual mix of Oaxacan culture, cooking, and eating, with a lodging option, at her Seasons of My Heart cooking school (Rancho Aurora, tel./fax 951/518-7726, local cell 044-951/508-0469 or 044-951/508-0044, long-distance 951/504-0469 or 951/508-0044, info [at] seasonsofmyheart [dot] com, www.seasonsofmyheart.com) in the Etla Valley, north of the city.
Susana’s simplest offering is a one-day cooking adventure, including a morning trip to a local native market to buy food, then preparing and eating later at Susana’s ranch. Other options are a long Thursday–Tuesday cooking and cultural adventure, or an extended one-week version of the same thing.
Farther-ranging cooking excursions regularly include outlying parts of Oaxaca, such as the Isthmus of Tehuántepec or northern Oaxaca, around Tuxtepec.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition