The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City by Robert Lemon - PDF free download eBook

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Icons of Mexican cultural identity and America's melting pot ideal, taco trucks have transformed cityscapes from coast to...

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Exact title of the book
The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City
Book author
Robert Lemon
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
240 pages
Published
May 16th 2019 by University of Illinois Press
File size (in PDF)
960 kB
The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

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Icons of Mexican cultural identity and America's melting pot ideal, taco trucks have transformed cityscapes from coast to coast. The taco truck radiates Mexican culture within non-Mexican spaces with a presence-sometimes desired, sometimes resented-that turns a public street corner into a bustling business. Drawing on interviews with taco truck workers and his own skills as a geographer, Robert Lemon illuminates new truths about foodways, community, and the unexpected places where ethnicity, class, and culture meet.

Lemon focuses on the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Columbus, Ohio, to show how the arrival of taco trucks challenge preconceived ideas of urban planning even as cities use them to reinvent whole neighborhoods. As Lemon charts the relationships between food practices and city spaces, he uncovers the many ways residents and politicians alike contest, celebrate, and influence not only where your favorite truck parks, but what's on the menu.