authentic tacos 🌮 

The idea that authenticity is a fixed and rigid thing is absurd for a food culture that has gone through as much historic change and reinvention as Mexican gastronomy.

To declare that the only good Mexican food is “authentic” Mexican food also assumes that the cuisine has ceased evolving. Like so many international cuisines, Mexican food has thrived as it has adapted, and it isn’t done doing that.

― from “Tacos: Recipes and Provocations” by Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman

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  1. Kristan May 1, 2017 12:18 am

    Interesting. Cuisine — like language, culture, literature, etc. — evolves. That makes sense!

    But I also think it’s interesting, and worth considering, who is bestowing the label of “authenticity” upon these tacos. (Or other foods.) In POC circles, there is often a feeling of frustration when their cuisine is appropriated, and I can understand that. Especially when, say, a white chef is given credit by other white people for have the best taco (or samosa, or ramen, or whatever).

    • Rose Kuo May 1, 2017 9:29 pm

      I agree with both sides. Perhaps it’s more of a struggle with the limited naming conventions — as food evolves, maybe we need different ways to describe the cuisines that emerge. Perhaps it is too simple to call it “Mexican” or “Chinese,” etc. I did think the quote was interesting and valid regarding the fact that evolution and innovation of traditional recipes doesn’t necessarily negate the authenticity of someone’s cooking.

      • Kristan May 1, 2017 10:28 pm

        “evolution and innovation of traditional recipes doesn’t necessarily negate the authenticity of someone’s cooking.”

        Oh yeah, I totally agree with that. Wasn’t trying to argue against it; just bringing up another facet to the conversation. 🙂

      • Rose Kuo May 1, 2017 11:56 pm

        Yeah it’s kind of a tough call. I definitely feel very offended at some restaurants that seem to inappropriately “appropriate” certain aspects of ethnic cuisine but sometimes it’s one of those gut feel things 🙂 definitely an area depending on a person/establishment’s intent, I guess. In the end there is nothing like good, old-fashioned food — especially when homemade 🙂

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