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Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat — 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, Diana prefers a different title: The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.
"The pleasures of the film outweigh its careful reservations, mostly because Kennedy is simply too much fun to observe in her natural habitat."
-Jude Dry, IndieWire
"What remains is a lively and uncritical portrait of a woman as passionate about composting as chilaquiles, one who will pitch a fit if you put garlic in your guacamole."
-Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"It's about as perfect a food doc gets."
-Alan Ng, Film Threat
Director(s): Elizabeth Carroll
Starring: Diana Kennedy, Jose Andres, Alice Waters
Length: 82 min.
Language: In English and Spanish with English subtitles