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Edible Austin is proud to sponsor this talk with two of our favorite local taco enthusiasts and experts, Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece. We'll have tacos from Tacodeli and beer from Independence Brewing -- join us for a fun evening!
ABOUT THE TACOS OF TEXAS
Rooted in tradición mexicana and infused with Texas food culture, tacos are some of Texans’ all-time favorite foods. In The Tacos of Texas, the taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece take us on a muy sabroso taco tour around the state as they discover the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind puffy tacos in San Antonio, trompo tacos in Dallas, breakfast tacos in Austin, carnitas tacos in El Paso, fish tacos in Corpus Christi, barbacoa in the Rio Grande Valley, and much more.
Starting with the basics—tortillas, fillings, and salsas—and how to make, order, and eat tacos, the authors highlight ten taco cities/regions of Texas. For each place, they describe what makes the tacos distinctive, name their top five places to eat, and listen to the locals tell their taco stories. They hear from restaurant owners, taqueros, abuelitas, chefs, and patrons—both well-known and everyday folks—who talk about their local taco history and culture while sharing authentic recipes and recommendations for the best taco purveyors.
Whether you can’t imagine a day without tacos or you’re just learning your way around the trailers, trucks, and taqueros that make tacos happen, The Tacos of Texas is the indispensable guidebook, cookbook, and testimonio.
ABOUT MANDO RAYO
Mando Rayo is an author, taco expert, blogger and CEO & Engagement Strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural digital agency based in Austin, TX.
Mando is the author of the book, Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day and the upcoming book, The Tacos of Texas to be published by University of Texas Press in the Fall of 2016. Mando's work has been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appetite, NPR, Texas Monthly and The Food Network.
ABOUT JAROD NEECE
Jarod Neece has been with the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Conference in Austin,TX since 2002. He is the festival's Producer and Senior Programmer with an emphasis on Fiction Feature and Genre Programming. As Producer he oversees the Film Festival & Conference and manages the daily festival operations. He is a member of numerous Advisory Boards and has been a juror or panelist at a number of festivals and organizations, including Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, the McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship & Independent Film Week. He is also the co-founder and editor of the popular Austin food blog, TacoJournalism.com, co-writer of the local bestselling book, Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day and co-author of the upcoming book, The Tacos of Texas.
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