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Planet Taco

A Global History of Mexican Food
Pilcher, Jeffrey M. (Book - 2012 )
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Planet Taco asks the question, "what is authentic Mexican food?" The burritos and taco shells that many people think of as Mexican were actually created in the United States, and Americanized foods have recently been carried around the world in tin cans and tourist restaurants. But thecontemporary struggle between globalization and national sovereignty to determine the meaning of Mexican food is far from new. In fact, Mexican food was the product of globalization from the very beginning - the Spanish conquest - when European and Native American influences blended to forge themestizo or mixed culture of Mexico. The historic struggle between globalization and the nation continued in the nineteenth century, as Mexicans searching for a national cuisine were torn between nostalgic "Creole" Hispanic dishes of the past and French haute cuisine, the global food of the day. Indigenous foods, by contrast, wereconsidered strictly declasse. Yet another version of Mexican food was created in the U.S. Southwest by Mexican American cooks, including the "Chili Queens" of San Antonio and tamale vendors of Los Angeles. When Mexican American dishes were appropriated by the fast food industry and carried around the world, Mexican elites rediscovered the indigenous roots of their national cuisine among the ancient Aztecs and the Maya. Even this Nueva Cocina Mexicana was a transnational phenomenon, called "NewSouthwestern" by chefs in the United States. Rivalries within this present-day gourmet movement recalled the nineteenth-century struggles between Creole, Native, and French foods. Planet Taco also seeks to recover the history of people who have been ignored in the struggles to define authentic Mexican, especially those who are marginal to both nations: Indians and Mexican Americans.
Authors: Pilcher, Jeffrey M., 1965-
Title: Planet taco
a global history of Mexican food
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
Characteristics: xv, 292 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jeffrey M. Pilcher
Contents: Introduction: A Tale of Two Tacos
Part I. Proto-Tacos
Maize and the Making of Mexico
Burritos in the Borderlands
Part II. National Tacos
From the Pastry War to Parisian Mole
The Rise and Fall of the Chili Queens
Inventing the Mexican American Taco
Part III. Global Tacos
The First Wave of Global Mexican
The Blue Corn Bonanza
Conclusion: The Battle of the Taco Trucks
ISBN: 0199740062
9780199740062
Branch Call Number: 641.5972 P637p 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 268-282) and index
Subject Headings: Globalization Social aspects History Sovereignty Social aspects Mexico History Mexican Americans Food History Tacos History Ethnicity Mexico Food habits Mexico History Cooking, Mexican Social aspects History Cooking, Mexican History
Topical Term: Globalization
Sovereignty
Mexican Americans
Tacos
Ethnicity
Food habits
Cooking, Mexican
Cooking, Mexican
LCCN: 2012014835
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Planet Taco also seeks to recover the history of people who have been ignored in the struggles to define authentic Mexican, especially those who are marginal to both nations: Indians and Mexican Americans.


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