Yep. It’s happened.

Someone wrote a book on the history of tacos… the food.

Seriously, though, I don’t know if I could read 336 pages on it but I’m a sucker for history so the article was a good read. Here’s an excerpt of the excerpt at The Smithsonian:

“The origins of the taco are really unknown. My theory is that it dates from the 18th century and the silver mines in Mexico, because in those mines the word “taco” referred to the little charges they would use to excavate the ore. These were pieces of paper that they would wrap around gunpowder and insert into the holes they carved in the rock face. When you think about it, a chicken taquito with a good hot sauce is really a lot like a stick of dynamite. The first references [to the taco] in any sort of archive or dictionary come from the end of the 19th century. And one of the first types of tacos described is called tacos de minero—miner’s tacos. So the taco is not necessarily this age-old cultural expression; it’s not a food that goes back to time immemorial.”

I do love reading about the influence of other cultures – Lebanese, specifically – on the taco and how after 60 or so years, their influence finally became a mainstream mexican variation.

via Kottke

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