Taco time

Smithsonian just published an interview with taco expert Jeffrey Pilcher, in which we learn all about the history of the taco, from its origins in Mexico to its immigration to the USA:

What role did the taquería play in Mexican history? Who ate there?

For a long time taquerías were in the working-class neighborhoods. Industrialization brought migrants from all over the country, and particularly women, to Mexico City because of light industry. Women brought with them their regional cooking skills. Every state, every region, every town has slightly different foods, so Mexico City was a bubbling stew where all these foods were available. People were able to sample a cosmopolitan world of dining that was not for the rich. This Mexican popular cuisine was the origin of what we think about as Mexican food.

Read on.

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One Response to “Taco time”

  1. Professor Rumpus says:

    Turd taco