Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

During a decade of traveling the world eating tacos, I met countless home cooks, professional chefs, restaurant owners, waitstaff, and fellow diners. Their stories have animated this book, and I am sorry there are not enough pages to include all of them here or even to acknowledge the storytellers by name. To everyone who has shared their tales and tacos, I offer a heartfelt thank you.

In addition to oral histories and ethnography, this book is based on research in libraries and archives. I appreciate the helpful assistance I received at the institutions listed in the bibliography, as well as a few that do not appear there: the Immigration History Research Center; the Lilly Library at Indiana University; the New York Public Library; the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University; and the Special Collections and Chicano Studies Library at UCLA. As always, I am grateful to interlibrary loan librarians everywhere. For permission to reproduce illustrations, I thank El Museo de América, Madrid; Elsevier; the Fototeca of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia; the Library of Congress; the Los Angeles Public Library; the New York Public Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe; the United States Patent and Trademark Office; the University of Santa Clara; and the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texas Cultures. Daniel Arreola, a pioneer in the study of Mexican food, was particularly generous in sharing and discussing materials from his border postcard collection. Thanks also to Dan Strehl, another early scholar of Mexican food,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Introduction - A Tale of Two Tacos 1
  • Part I - Proto-Tacos 19
  • Chapter 1 - Maize and the Making of Mexico 21
  • Chapter 2 - Burritos in the Borderlands 46
  • Part II - National Tacos 77
  • Chapter 3 - From the Pastry War to Parisian Mole 79
  • Chapter 4 - The Rise and Fall of the Chili Queens 105
  • Chapter 5 - Inventing the Mexican American Taco 130
  • Part III - Global Tacos 161
  • Chapter 6 - The First Wave of Global Mexican 163
  • Chapter 7 - The Blue Corn Bonanza 189
  • Conclusion - The Battle of the Taco Trucks 221
  • Notes 233
  • Glossary 263
  • Select Bibliography 268
  • Index 283
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