Antedatings of "Taco"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Jan 5 17:03:19 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jan 05, 2011 at 11:53:46AM -0500, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> taco (OED 1949)
> [In 1914, Bertha Haffner-Ginger, a domestic columnist for the Los Angeles Times, included a recipe for tacos dorados as an afterthought to some rather impractical instructions for making tortillas at home (Bertha Haffner-Ginger, California Mexican-Spanish Cook Book: Selected Mexican and Spanish Recipes (1914), 42-45).  In 1929, Ramona’s Spanish-Mexican Cookery, by home economist Pauline Wiley Kleeman, juxtaposed plebeian tacos of pork snout, ears, and jowls with more upscale cream cheese tacos (Pauline Wiley-Kleeman, Ramona’s Spanish-Mexican Cookery: The First Complete and Authentic Spanish-Mexican Cookbook in English (Los Angeles: West Coast Pub. Co., 1929), 85–86.]

There's an 1899 example in the L.A. Times that someone posted
here a few years ago.

Jesse Sheidlower

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