Antedatings of "Taco"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 5 16:53:46 UTC 2011

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.]

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