The queen of Mexican cuisine will soon be hitting theaters near you.
"Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy," the documentary about the esteemed cookbook author from Austinite Elizabeth Carroll that debuted at South by Southwest earlier this year, was acquired by Greenwich Entertainment, which announced that is plans to distribute the movie to theaters around the country in 2020.
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Carroll's directorial debut features unprecedented access to Kennedy, who moved to Mexico in the 1950s and started studying and teaching its cuisine in the years that followed. By 1982, the Mexican government had already awarded her the Order of the Aztec Eagle, and she went on to win two James Beard Awards. The 96-year-old Kennedy continues to live and work at her home in Michoacán, which features prominently in the documentary.
Greenwich says that they are releasing the movie in May in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
Kennedy wasn't in attendance at the SXSW screening, but she visited Austin's Central Library two months later for a book signing and speaking engagement after donating the oldest books in her cookbook collection to the University of Texas San Antonio. Fonda San Miguel, which is owned by longtime Kennedy friend Tom Gilliland, also hosted a celebration for Kennedy during her May visit to Austin.
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