Melissa Guerra is an eighth generation Texan, born and raised on a working cattle ranch in South Texas. She is a self-taught culinary expert and food historian, specializing in foods of the American continent, especially Texas regional, Mexican, and Latin American cuisine. Melissa is also an active food blogger, and you can follow her daily through her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter posts, or through her blog website KitchenWrangler.com.
Her second cookbook Dishes from the Wild Horse Desert: Norteño Cuisine of South Texas was a finalist for a James Beard Award in the category of Foods of the Americas, and for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award in the same category. The Texas Provincial Kitchen was her first cookbook and was self-published. In addition to pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, Guerra is also working on two new books on American foods. In addition she publishes articles about the current cultural climate along the United States/Mexican border.
Melissa is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a founding board member of Foodways Texas, and a member of The Culinary Institute of America Latin Cuisines Advisory Council Executive Committee. As an adjunct professor, Guerra has also taught the Ancient Cuisines food history course at the Culinary Institute of Americas in San Antonio Texas. She has owned and operated a retail kitchen store in San Antonio, along with its online retail component. Guerra’s cooking show, “The Texas Provincial Kitchen,” was produced in San Antonio at KLRN, and aired on PBS affiliates across the U.S. She has worked as a bilingual spokesperson for Kraft, Coca-Cola, Goya, and Mazola, and also served as a consultant, featured as a culinary expert on the PBS reality show “Texas Ranch House.”
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