Over the last six decades, Diana Kennedy has published nine books about Mexican cuisine, received two James Beard Awards, and inspired countless chefs and food writers around the world. She’s arguably the greatest Mexican food scholar and educator of all time, and now, filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll is telling her life story in a new documentary called Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy.
Carroll and her team were granted unprecedented access to Kennedy, who, at 94 years old, still lives by herself in a solar-powered house that she designed and built in Michoacán, Mexico. The film will feature a bunch of archival footage, including scenes from an unaired show Kennedy shot for the the Learning Channel, plus interviews with people like Alice Waters, Enrique Olvera, and José Andrés. The filmmakers say that they are 90 percent done with production, and now they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the remaining costs.
Watch the trailer for the film above, check out the Kickstarter campaign for more info about Kennedy’s life, and stay tuned for more details on the release of Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy as they become available.