Jeffrey Pilcher is the author of PLANET TACO: A Global History of Mexican Food (Oxford University Press, $27.95, released October 1st)
For more the past fifteen years, I have been traveling the world eating tacos.
My mission was not to find the best taco. I would have eaten better if I had just stayed in Mexico City. This was social science, or to be precise, multi-sited ethnography. I was looking for the most interesting and unusual tacos to study the process of globalization. I wanted to find out who carried Mexican food around the world and how the taco changed as a result.
The search begins.