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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Maricel Presilla
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Maricel Presilla has been exploring the cuisines of Latin America for more than 30 years — since the time that politics forced her out of her beloved Cuba. Since then, Presilla has traveled from Mexico to Argentina collecting recipes from contemporary chefs and historical archives. The result is a view of Latin American cooking loaded with context but with an eye to the future — what is the meaning of Latino food in the 21st-century United States?



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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