Thursday, April 1, 2010
A Brief History of Taco
Photo of my 'Quint $10,000 Amitty Fish Taco'
1. A Mexican snack food; a small tortilla with some rice, beans, cheese, diced vegetables (usually tomatoes and lettuce, as served in the United States) and salsa.
2. (US, slang) the vagina. also called pink taco
3. (US, slang) A yellow stain on shirt armpit caused by sweat or deodorant.
Many believe the arrival of the Taco in our culture came in 1914 California cookbooks. Wrong.
3000 B.C. - Excavations in the valley of “Valle de Tehuacán”, in the state of Puebla, reveal the use of fish, locusts and fuckin' snails as the filling of the ancient Mexican cuisine that would later be dubbed by the Spanish as, "Taco".
1519 -Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a Spanish soldier who came with Hernán Cortés to the New World, is the first man to chronicle his experience with the Taco.
Pigs were brought all the way from Cuba to fill the tacos. And he described the experience as a "Taco Bash". The first documented "Taco Bash" occurred in Coyoacán.
The definitions and documentation are an over simplified injustice to the beauty and brilliance of the taco delite, food or flesh.
This College made Documentary is perhaps the most informative of Taco Cuisine lore.
The site of some great cinema and amazing Tacos.