Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ÂˇAsk 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 cuisineâ€™s tremendous popularity in el Norte. In the tradition of Bill Bufordâ€™s Heat and Calvin Trillinâ€™s The Tummy Trilogy, Arellanoâ€™s fascinating narrative combines history, cultural criticism, personal anecdotes, and Jesus on a tortilla. When salsa overtook ketchup as this countryâ€™s favorite condiment in the 1990s, Americaâ€™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 borderâ€”chili, tamales, tacos, enchiladas, tequila, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and so many moreâ€”loved 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. Itâ€™s a little-known history, one thatâ€™s crept up on this country like your Mexican neighborsâ€”and left us better for it. Now, Taco USA addresses the all-important questions: What exactly constitutes â€śMexicanâ€ť food in the United States? How did it get here? Whatâ€™s â€śauthenticâ€ť and whatâ€™s â€śTaco Bell,â€ť and does it matter? Whatâ€™s so cosmic about a burrito? And why do Americans love Mexican food so darn much? Tacos, alas, sold separately.
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