For our tenth(!) episode, we talked with Abel Hernandez and Jaime Soltero. They are, respectively, the head chef and owner of Tamale Boy in Portland, Oregon.
We learned a lot about the diversity and complexity of Mexican food, even as it is often pigeonholed into "cheap ethnic food" or only tacos and burritos. Abel and Jaime also shared their stories about starting their restaurant, designing the space, and making dishes that broke stereotypes about Mexican cuisine. Finally, the two of them dropped some serious knowledge about the history of the tamale, and its close link with indigenous cultures in Mexico.
LINKS DU JOUR
- Food Timeline FAQs: Mexican and Tex-Mex
- "Pride and Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste of Both," by NPR's The Salt