Texas Monthly hired its first-ever taco editor, José R. Ralat, who will explore our state’s Tex-Mex and Mexican food scenes.
According to Ralat, tacos are “both a vessel and a cultural touchstone”. “Although I consider it Mexico’s gift to the world, it is very much integrated into Texas’s DNA.” Ralat went on to say, “If you want my definition of a taco, it is a food reflective and representational of a time and place.”
The new “taco editor” will also look at people histories behind the food, as well as other items.
We will soon be able to find out which are and where are the best tacos in the entire state of Texas.
Ralat seems to be Texas’ foremost taco expert as he has written about tacos for many other publications and also started Taco Libre, a taco festival held in Dallas.
Ralat’s new gig is a lot like barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn, who covers the smoked meats of Texas.