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Taco USA : How Mexican Food Conquered America

ISBN: 9781439148624 | 1439148627
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scribner
Pub. Date: 4/16/2013

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The nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ĦAsk a Mexican!presents a fascinating and tasty trip through the history and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and charting the cuisine's tremendous popularity in el Norte. When salsa overtook ketchup as this country's favorite condiment in the 1990s, America's century-long love affair with Mexican food reached yet another milestone. In seemingly every decade since the 1880s, America has tried new food trends from south of the borderchili, tamales, tacos, enchiladas, tequila, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and so many moreloved them, and demanded the next great thing. As a result, Mexican food dominates American palates to the tune of billions of dollars in sales per year, from canned refried beans to frozen margaritas and ballpark nachos. It's a little-known history, one that's crept up on this country like your Mexican neighborsand left us better for it. A combination of history, cultural criticism, and personal anecdotes, Taco USAaddresses the all-important questions: What exactly constitutes "Mexican" food in the United States? How did it get here? What's "authentic" and what's "Taco Bell," and does it matter? What's so cosmic about a burrito? And why do Americans love Mexican food so darn much? Tacos, alas, sold separately.


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