A delicious,intimate cultural overview of Oaxaca's famed cuisine

Monday, October 3, 2016


Crema de Flor de Calabaza con Huitlacoche/Creme of Squash Blossom Soup with Huitlacoche

About JUDITH HADEN,  Tour Director and  Author/Photographer:

Stan Gottlieb, The Oaxacan Newsletter:
“What makes this book special is Judith's connection with her subjects. There is an energy, a beauty, and a vibrant life-affirming consciousness that comes through from the subject to the reader in a way that no amount of technique can account for. The result can be seen in haunting portraits of humble but powerful artisans and artists practicing their craft in much the same way as their parents and grandparents did: their eyes are clear and amused and their faces are lined and tranquil. Even the often elusive and sometimes reclusive Francisco Toledo posed for a picture, a coup in itself.

Arizona Daily Star: 
“Judith Cooper Haden...(has) accomplished the almost impossible…it takes a genuine artist… to capture the gentle souls of the people who inhabit theregion…the book is the next best thing to a personal tour.”

Maribeth Mellin,The San Diego Union: 
 ”Fortunately, presents for those who love Mexico are abundant. A new coffeetable book, "Oaxaca: The Spirit of Mexico" tops my list. By focusing on faces, facades and works of art, photographer Judith Cooper Haden manages to convey the beauty of one of Mexico's most culturally blessed regions. Her lush collection of photographs….is guaranteed to stir the heart (and nudge the travelbudget)."

Bruce Whipperman,, Moon Handbook, Oaxaca: 
“ Simply the loveliest, most sensitively photographed and crafted coffee-table
book of Mexico photography yet produced.”

About LINDA HANNA, Oaxaca guide: 
For over a decade Linda has been cultivating and nurturing the connections to this artistic world. Sharing her knowledge with people interested in learning about folk art was one of her fundamental reasons for moving to Oaxaca years ago.

“Folk Art tour of villages around Oaxaca with Linda Hanna"
Linda gives wonderful tours to the workshops of folk art artists in villages around Oaxaca: weavers, potters, sculptors, wood carvers and painters. She has been part of the community for 20 years;she is well loved and I had a delightful 8 hours touring with her in her van, meeting artists and experiencing the roots of creation. (Trip Advisor) 

"Tour Guide Extraordinaire"  We spent three days with Linda touring various artists and locations in the villages surrounding Oaxaca. She has been doing these tours for a very long time and it shows via her familiarity with the area, the fact that all these people -- artists in their homes, shopkeepers in the galleries, cooks in the retaurants -- all know her well and greet her with hugs and smiles. You figure out very quickly:  you are with the right person. (Trip Advisor)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FEBRUARY 10-20, 2017

Hi  ~ and thanks for your interest in my tour! Our January tour is filled, February has room for one or two more, and March is in the making. Let me know your preferences.Great time of year to go south for the sun!

OVERVIEW: Our tour will be kept small and intimate as that leaves room for spontaneity and last minute changes as needed and wanted. We will be having private hands-on cooking classes in four rural villages outside of the city, one of which was featured in my Milpa: From Seed to Salsa book, and we will learn traditional recipes and cooking techniques. We will also return to Oaxaca city to enjoy the best of Oaxaca’s contemporary world-class restaurant experiences and seductive urban markets.  Our hotel is centrally located, a 4-star hotel with gardens, swimming pool and breakfast. I’ve decided to visit artisans (most of whom have been juried into the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market) who make things related to the kitchen, the dining table – dishes, tablecloths, cooking and serving pots, decorated candles, and of course the extra fancy decorated aprons – visiting the artisans in their homes and workshops. Our local tour guide has lived in Oaxaca for 20 years and has a comfortable, air-conditioned mini-van, and is a well-known folk art expert and guide. We will spend ten days eating, shopping, and above all, having fun! Some meals will be covered by the tour, but usually dinner/drinks, optional tours, are at your own discretion as everyone has such different wants/needs. Cost excluding airfare, is $2,200, with a $475 single supplement.

Watch these lovely ladies create gorgeous cookware.

ABOUT ME:  I have been visiting Oaxaca for lengthy periods since 1984 and feel it is my second home.  I have published two books on Oaxaca:  OAXACA:  The Spirit of Mexico and more recently, MILPA:  From Seed to Salsa/Ancient Ingredients for a Sustainable Future and in the process gained a cultural and linguistic fluency which began in my undergraduate studies in Spanish/Latin America Affairs, and continued in my Peace Corps experience in El Salvador.  I am looking forward to sharing my persistent love of this remarkable city and its creative, kind inhabitants with a small group of like-minded, enthusiastic travelers.  The schedule is an approximate one, subject to some minor changes, but it gives you a good idea of what’s in store! (ADD ON:  I’ll give interested people classes in iPhone Travel Photography.)

 Judith Haden

Francisca's Country Kitchen
  We featured Francisca in my recent book, Milpa: From Seed to Salsa. She is one of the finest cooks I've met, working in the most rudimentary of kitchens. It's fascinating to watch her work and learn from her...she carries all  her recipes from great-great-grandmothers in her head!

If this sounds appealing to you, I’d love to send you more detailed info. Can you let me know a little about yourself – i.e. where you live, what you enjoy doing, have you been to Mexico before, and your interest the foods of Mexico?


Warm regards,
Judith Haden

All images ©Judith Cooper Haden