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'The natives ... enquired what the Spaniards wanted. [They] answered "Food".'

The British Academy and the Mexican Embassy collaborated to organise a public study day at the British Museum on ‘Moctezuma’s Feast’, linked to the Museum’s ‘Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler’ exhibition. The event, which took place on 21 November 2009, offered lively presentations on topics ranging from the mystical powers attributed to the frothy foam that topped cups of Aztec hot chocolate, to the relationship between ‘Tex Mex’ and ‘Mexican’ food. The organiser, Dr Rebecca Earle, here describes the clash of culinary cultures following the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico.

• Rebecca Earle

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, No. 15 (March 2010).