National Geographic : 1953 Mar
"La Cuchara-the Spoon." Coco Borja Teaches Spanish toNell Burton Many of the Experimenters discovered that the family dining room was thebest classroom forimproving their Spanish and learning to understand Mexican customs. Inthis well-to-do home soup isserved asthefirst course in the big early-afternoon meal, la comida, or dinner. Fresh tortillas lieunder thenapkin; theboat holds a hot sauce of chile peppers and tomatoes. Actually, manyMexicans donoteat food aspeppery asitiscommonly believed to be. Sefiora Romero (left), the author's Mexican "mother," displays two ofhermany pets. Guanajuato's steep hills rise beyond the flowering poinsettias and the wall ofher garden. I33 Kodachromes hv HIurh M. Hamill. Jr. Pt w .