Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America by Gustavo Arellano

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Read Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America Online Free - Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ¡Ask a Mexican! Gustavo Arellano presents a tasty trip through the history and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and charting the cuisine’s tremendous popularity north of the border. Arellano’s fascinating narrative combines history, cultural criticism, food writing, personal anecdotes, and Jesus on a tortilla. In seemingly every decade for over a century, America has tried new culinary trends from south of the border, loved them, and demanded the next big 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 tortilla wraps and ballpark nachos. It’s a little-known history, one that’s crept up on this country and left us better for it.

Title : Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America
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ISBN : 1439148619
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 310 pages


Darrenglass rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 26, 2012

What an incredibly disappointing book. If you know me, you know that I love Mexican food of all kinds. Whether it is cheap burritos in west Texas, high end alta cocina, regional dishes found in small Mexican villages, or moles that I make in my own kitchen, I love Mexican food. I have been known t...

Josh rated it ★★★★☆

July 29, 2012

Delicious... makes the mouth water. My favorite section was the four pages of San Diego style Mexican food in the burrito chapter, including the history of the "-bertos". Wish I could get a California Burrito out here!

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2015

I'm happy to say that by the time the credits rolled, I've come to understand Mr. Arellano and give him kudos for this well-researched, funny, entertaining book. I found this book in a university library next to Michael Pollan, and was initially shocked out of my comfort zone by the differences b...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2013

Really interesting about the origin of Mexican food in the US. I can now argue about what is "authentic" Mexican food.

Gabriela rated it ★★★☆☆

January 25, 2016

I feel this is book understands Mexican food and all those derived from it. It makes you understand why Americans have fallen for Mexican food and what that means for Mexican culture.

Caroline rated it ★★★☆☆

March 28, 2013

Taco USA is the second book that I've read this month about Mexican food in America. When I began, I was already a devotee of pure Mexican vanilla and the fair trade coffee of Oaxaca. Now, I've found a USDA certified organic chocolate bar! Gustavo Arellano's book has gone a long way in answering...

Robert rated it ★★★★☆

July 07, 2013

The U.S has been invaded! Oh and what a wonderful invasion it has been. I have a deep love for all food Mexican. I even married a beautiful young Mexican lady. And the green chili her Mama used to make was so wonderful. Now that tradition, along with many other wonderful recipes, have been passed...

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

June 13, 2015

The author of the 'Ask a Mexican' column pens a book about the history of Mexican food in the United States. Sometimes a bit light on details, and affecting a breezy style, he still managed to entertain and leave me consistently hungry while reading the book, which was certainly his intention.

Jeff rated it ★★★★★

November 08, 2017

Tacos rule. But you know this. There's nothing as good as a good taco. There's nothing as good as a good tamale. Maybe it's just me, but that's how I feel. Mexican food, properly prepared (and sometimes even improperly prepared) is the best. I'll tell you this. I am a little bit romantic when it...

Meg rated it ★★★★☆

October 23, 2016

I really enjoyed this book and learning the history of one of my favorite types of food

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