Learn All About the History of Tacos This Thursday

Categories: Books, Events

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Oxford University Press
Where: Omnivore Books on Food
When: Thu, Oct. 4, 6-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Author Jeffrey Pilcher will be reading from and discussing his new book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food. In it, Pilcher undergoes a comprehensive historical quest for the origins and evolution of the taco, tracing its development from casual street snack to a globally recognized fast food. He also dives into the sticky question of "authenticity," especially in a world of globalization.

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- How Taco Bell, Now 50, Changed America
- Chicken-and-Waffle Taco: Nico's Innovation Needs Work
- Tacolicious's Achiote-Braised Pork Belly Taco


Pilcher is an academic, and the book rather reads like a textbook (sample sentence: "These considerations of technological efficiency and gendered labor suggest the usefulness of approaching Mexican food from a commodity-chain analysis, with its comprehensive perspective on production, distribution and consumption" -- complete with a footnote at the end). But don't let that deter you. It's densely packed with information and is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the development of Mexican cuisine.

We can only wonder what Pilcher would make of the chicken-and-waffle taco.

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3885a Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA

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