“Food is geography, and geography is political.”
“Growing up, the only other Puerto Ricans I knew were other military kids like me.”
“El Sur Latino” is a hybrid world that has been in the making for hundreds of years.
“El Sur Latino is an ethnicity layered on diverse races of people who speak Spanish in places where speaking Spanish in public gathers looks.”
Tacos can be read. They carry social meanings—they are part of foodways networks of people who conduct their rich lives in languages.
When someone from Pinewoods died, it was common to go door to door, or place a bucket at a nearby gas station, to ask for donations to help send the body back to Mexico. What if they rallied the community to help the living?
To practice taco literacy is to examine the cultural, economic, and ecological dimensions of foodways.
Before we define El Sur Latino, we explain why it merits attention in the study of Southern foodways.
In our Bluegrass and Birria oral history project, Gustavo Arellano and Delilah Snell document restaurant owners in Louisville and Lexington who represent different aspects of the Mexican experience.