|Soldaderas during the Mexican Revolution carrying food next to the Zapatista army, circa 1914, related Mexican recipes below|
In the midst of a series on battle field food. Napoleon said that an army marches on it's stomach. Allot can be learned from that premise about food and revolutionary movements on and off the battle field. For example, during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) soldaderas or women soldiers fought in the revolution and some served as camp cooks. They were typically mestizas (people of mixed ethnicity) or Indian women who foraged for edible plants, berries, mushrooms, herbs, and insects and bartered with locals for pigs, fowl, and dairy products. Soldaderas set up camp and cooked foods that filled tortillas they made from corn they ground, shaped, and cooked. In short, the soldaderas' contributions fed the revolution.
Mexican Foodways and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Mexican+Foodways
Video of Soldadera History: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6Nt9x3gW8U
Battle Field Food Series: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Battle+Field+Food