Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece

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Our guests this week are Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, authors of the new book,  THE TACOS OF TEXAS (University of Texas Press, 2016).

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mando-rayo-jarod-neeceaustin-breakfast-tacos-rayo-neeceMando Rayo and Jarod Neece are authors of the best-selling book, Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day (The History Press, 2013).

Mando is the CEO and engagement strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency. Jarod is a producer and senior programmer of the SXSW Film Festival and Conference. Both men live in Austin, Texas. They are also and founders of the blog

The Tacos of TexasMando and Jarod’s second collaboration, THE TACOS OF TEXAS has just come out with University of Texas Press (2016). They visited 100 taco trucks in 10 major Texas cities, with only six weeks to do it.

The Tacos of Texas will be a great resource for people who want to hit the streets themselves to try what authors Rayo and Neece describe.” —Houston Press


Rooted in tradición Mexicana and infused with Texas food culture, tacos are some of Texans’ all-time favorite foods. In The Tacos of Texas, taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece take us on a muy sabroso taco tour around the state as they discover the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind puffy tacos in San Antonio, trompo tacos in Dallas, breakfast tacos in Austin, carnitas tacos in El Paso, fish tacos in Corpus Christi, barbacoa in the Rio Grande Valley, and much more.

Starting with the basics—tortillas, fillings, and salsas—and how to make, order, and eat tacos, the authors highlight ten taco cities/regions of Texas. For each place, they describe what makes the tacos distinctive, name their top five places to eat, and listen to the locals tell their taco stories. They hear from restaurant owners, taqueros, abuelitas, chefs, and patrons—both well-known and everyday folks—who talk about their local taco history and culture while sharing authentic recipes and recommendations for the best taco purveyors.

Whether you can’t imagine a day without tacos or you’re just learning your way around the trailers, trucks, and taqueros that make tacos happen, The Tacos of Texas is the indispensable guidebook, cookbook, and testimonio.

Photos by Marco Torres and Dennis Burnett.

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