Biography and Southwest

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Tortilla Chronicles: Growing Up in Santa Fe

Marie Romero Cash

A family memoir full of New Mexico flavor, Tortilla Chronicles serves up a hearty helping of the "City Different" from the perspective of the humble, hardworking Romeros, a family honored for its contributions to regional folk arts. Marie Romero Cash, herself a renowned artist, poignantly sketches each family member using his or her own voice. Their stories present a rare glimpse into the life of a traditional Hispano family and provide an antidote to typical nostalgic tourist accounts of 1950s Santa Fe.
One of the main characters is Santa Fe itself, and the narrative tours the city's streets, shops, plaza, and surrounding hills and arroyos in astounding detail. The ancestry and rituals of family life, the culture and religion of northern New Mexico, and the growth of a neighborhood and its children are all part of the recipe.


Marie Romero Cash is a celebrated folk artist in Santa Fe where she has lived most of her life. She has created art for many churches in the United States and in Mexico. Romero Cash is the author of Living Shrines: Devotional Spaces in Northern New Mexico Homes and Santos: Enduring Images of Northern New Mexican Village Churches.


"...a heartfelt, delightful slice of life..."


New Mexico Magazine

"...(an) engaging memoir..."


New Mexico Historical Review

"...a warm, lighthearted, and thoroughly interesting narrative..."


Journal of Folklore Research

6 x 9 in. 200 pages 52 halftones, 1 maps