Tell us a bit more about the backstory of “Mamacita”?
Mamacita is titled after my father’s nickname for my mother. What first started two years ago, was a project to immortalize the recipes I grew up eating and a way to reconnect with my Mexican heritage. While writing the book, I was going through the process to become a citizen, as I learned how to navigate the immigration system, a pivotal chapter emerged. To keep my family together.
My deportation felt imminent in the midst of a pandemic. In six months, however, I became a citizen. This would not have been possible without the privilege of a legal team and $10,000. As an American citizen, my new status provides my parents with the opportunity to begin their own path towards citizenship.
Mi familia has two lives. The life we left behind in Mexico and the life we created in Washington. No matter where we stand, there is always a loss despite everything we have gained. Without status, my parents would have to leave their home and their daughters behind to be with their family in Mexico.
Unfortunately, for my parents, it has been over 16 years since they last saw their tierra. For my parents, citizenship means they could finally live without fear in a country they have embraced as home. And, it would grant them the freedom to visit Mexico again, reuniting them with my grandmothers, who they have not seen in over a decade.
This cookbook is dedicated to my parents and all of the immigrant parents who have sacrificed their lives in order to provide for their children. 100% of the proceeds from this cookbook will directly aid my parents in financing their immigration costs. As of now, the total is $20,000. Your support will provide the greatest gift you could give a son and a daughter—a chance to kiss and a moment to hold their mother in their arms, if only for the last time.