ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is releasing its latest series of stamps, and this time, the tiny works of art are dedicated to the influence of Mexican, Central and South American and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine.
The dedication ceremony for the Delicioso Forever Stamps is being held Thursday evening at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
The stamps feature bright illustrations of tamales, flan, empanadas, chile rellenos, ceviche and the traditional soup sancocho.
Award-winning illustrator John Parra, known for his Latino-themed children's books, says it was an honor to have worked on the project. For him, each stamp brings back memories of the meals shared with family while growing up in Southern California.
Parra says cooking is an important part of Latino culture and that food is one of the best ways for people to connect.