Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of AiAsk a Mexican! Gustavo Arellano presents an entertaining, tasty trip through the history and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and charting the cuisineas tremendous popularity in el Norte. In the tradition of Bill Bufordas Heat and Calvin Trillinas The Tummy Trilogy, Arellanoas fascinating narrative combines history, cultural criticism, personal anecdotes, and Jesus on a tortilla. When salsa overtook ketchup as this countryas favorite condiment in the 1990s, Americaas 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 borderachili, tamales, tacos, enchiladas, tequila, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and so many morealoved 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. Itas a little-known history, one thatas crept up on this country like your Mexican neighborsaand left us better for it. Now, Taco USA addresses the all-important questions: What exactly constitutes aMexicana food in the United States? How did it get here? Whatas aauthentica and whatas aTaco Bell, a and does it matter? Whatas so cosmic about a burrito? And why do Americans love Mexican food so darn much? Tacos, alas, sold separately.Now, Taco USA addresses the all-important questions: What exactly constitutes aMexicana food in the United States? How did it get here? Whatas aauthentica and whatas aTaco Bell, a and does it matter?
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