BOOK REVIEW + eBook +$10 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - Beatniks, Tupperware, and Chiles En Nogada by Robert De Paola
Nonfiction / Memoir
Date Published: September 18, 2022
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Wrenched at the age of five from his Mexican family in Baja California, Robert lives with his unconventional birth mother who works as a traveling Tupperware salesman in 1950s Southern California. Their many adventures include living with a World War II veteran suffering from PTSD, reciting poetry to the rhythm of bongo drums in a Beatnik Commune, and extended periods of homelessness.
Robert, a former professor at an Ivy League college and founder of a successful nationwide software company, emerges as a scholar searching for a feeling of belonging and a family. His journey takes him to both coasts of the US, to Europe, and finally, to a remote, mountainous region in Mexico. There, he rediscovers love where he least expects it, and finds a place to call home.
Beatniks, Tupperware and Chiles en Nogada is written with humor, heart, and an understanding of how complex humanity can be. It is a celebration of the human spirit that will captivate the reader with unforgettable characters and exotic locales.
Beatniks, Tupperware and Chiles en Nogada is
written with humor, heart, and an understanding of how complex humanity can be.
It is a celebration of the human spirit that will captivate the reader with
unforgettable characters and exotic locales
I recommend this book to
anyone who loves a good memoir with an eclectic cast of characters. In Beatniks,
Tupperware, and Chiles en Nogada we meet Robert and his diverse background. I
love that this book takes the reader from Europe to Mexico to the US, all while
trying to find the acceptance and family we all need. The writing style is easy
to read, the author does a great job of telling a complex story in a concise story.
Set in 1950s Southern
California, this book deals with several heavy issues many of us face yet are too
proud to seek the help we need. Especially if those around us do believe in
talk therapy. Told with humor, this book engages you from start to finish. I
look forward to reading more from this author!
No American would recognize comida
poblana as Mexican food. Yes, as everywhere in Mexico, tacos and tamales
are prized street foods. In Puebla, however, the food put on the family dinner
table consists of spicy stews, similar to Indian food. Pick your sauce—say
vindaloo, curry, or saag. Then pick your meat—I would opt for lamb. Like Indian
cuisine, comida poblana also offers various sauces—adobo, chilate,
pasilla, tinga, or mole. Each can be prepared with the protein at hand. But
homemakers from Puebla must be artists as well as cooks. The colors of their
palettes are created with the distinctive mixture of multicolored chiles
employed to make each sauce—the rusty yellow of chilate, the rich coffee color
of adobo, the deep maroon of pasilla, or the chestnut shade of mole poblano,
that famous dish flavored with a hint of chocolate powder.
About the Author
Robert spent his childhood in Ensenada, Mexico, and Southern California. After serving in Vietnam he relocated to New York. He attended graduate school at UPENN where he joined the staff as an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine after earning his Pd.D. in Physics. Robert left his academic position to found PyraMed, Inc., a nationwide software company serving academic medical clinics. Robert lived and traveled in Mexico extensively after stepping down from his executive position at PyraMed. He presently lives in Florida with his wife, Rosie, and his two daughters, Danna and Sophie.