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José R. Ralat is Texas Monthly's taco editor, writing about tacos and Mexican food. He is the author of American Tacos: A History & Guide. Ralat has written for EaterImbibeDallas ObserverD Magazine, ViceCowboys & Indians magazine, Gravy, and other national and regional online and print media outlets. Ralat is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and serves on the advisory board of Foodways Texas. In 2022, he won a James Beard award for his Tex-Mexplainer column.

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Tacos|
March 26, 2020

Taco News Roundup: El Bueno, el Malo, y el Feo

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re kicking off our inaugural biweekly roundup of taco and Mexican food news a tad bit differently than we would otherwise. Instead, we’re taking a cue from our long-running BBQ News Roundup. So first, some good news.El BuenoOur How to Support Your

Food & Drink|
January 3, 2020

Ro-Ho Pork & Bread’s Torta Ahogada Is a Taste of Guadalajara That’s Part Science and Part Art

Jorge Rojo, chef-owner of Ro-Ho Pork & Bread in San Antonio, left the practice of law behind for the crusty exterior and cushion-soft interior of the birote sourdough bread typical of his hometown, Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The 46-year-old’s early study in baking was of the practical,

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