From 1984 to 1993, Alva B. Torres wrote close to 400 columns for the Tucson Citizen, one of Arizona's major newspapers. In the journalistic world, she stands out as one of the first Mexican American women to write a weekly column for a key newspaper. Torres took this opportunity to share childhood memories and write about Mexican Americans who lived in Tucson, known as Tucsonenses. She also often made those active in local school programs, civic life, or operating small businesses the focus of her columns. Although never overtly political, Torres steadfastly reminded her readers of the importance of historic preservation, and that Mexican people and culture had always played a critical role in the city's past. By focusing her columns on ordinary people, places and local cultural practices, Torres garnered many fans and a wide readership. Although oftentimes known for her recipes, Notitas brings together an exceptional selection of columns with the intent of providing an opportunity to learn about Alva B. Torres as a person, her social world and times.