“Don’t judge your taco by its price” ―Hunter S. Thompson
Happy Free Book Friday, amigos. Today’s giveaway offers mouth-watering recipes from the Lone Star State’s capital–read on for how to win Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day…
1) Enjoy the free chapter excerpt below (taco recipes included) and then 2) comment on this post by midnight on Sunday, July 28 for your chance to win a free copy of the new Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day by Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece.
The drawing will take place Monday. Happy reading/eating!
Fresh tortillas, fluffy huevos con bacon and spicy salsa —good morning, Austin. Or good afternoon, evening, night—whenever! From taco tailgates to taquerias, there is a taco for every occasion and persuasion.
Some say that it was born in the days of Cowboys and Vaqueros and others say it was a creation of the Tex-Mex culture…but one thing is certain: the breakfast taco has taken over the Capital City. From South Congress to North Austin neon and chalkboard signs tempt hungry passersby with their best morning-time handheld bites.
With a voice as flavorful and fun as their favorite Austin treat, authors Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece traverse the multi-layered culture and history of the breakfast taco. They explore the origins, delving into the legend and lore of the breakfast taco and introducing us to the first Mexican immigrants to arrive in what is now downtown Austin.
“Tacos are the food of genius.” ―Heather Brewer
Accompanied by friendly faces of fellow Austinites and taco-enthusiasts who contributed their own special recipes for the breakfast taco, the stories are bursting with flavor. Each of these recipes is rich, delicious and one-of-a-kind. Rayo and Neece have written a book on the Austin breakfast taco as colorful and zestful as the taco creations they love.
Read today’s FREE excerpt. Be sure to comment for your chance to win!
About the authors:
Mando Rayo is a Latino engagement strategist and a self-appointed taco journalist. Mando was part of the team that developed the Social Revolución, the official Latino event at South by Southwest Interactive Festival and is a frequent presenter at national conferences, including SXSW Interactive Festival, and Hispanicize, and has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Mando hails from the West Texas town of El Paso, aka El Chuco. Mando lives in East Austin with his familia; he’s married to Ixchel Granada de Rayo and has two lovely kiddos, Quetzal Trinidad Rayo and Diego Armando Tenoch Rayo, and a chicken named Elmo.
Jarod Neece moved to Austin, Texas, to go the University of Texas, where his taco palate evolved over the years. Working in restaurants after college provided him a glimpse into the late-night breakfast tacos at La Mexicana and the “Best Reason to wake up before 3:00 p.m.,” the Original Tamale House on Airport Boulevard. Jarod worked at SXSW, where he met Justin Bankston, co-creator of TacoJournalism.com. The rest, as they say, is taco history, and his love for the tacos has never died. Every day, he drives past a new taco truck or restaurant and wonders if that taco is his new favorite.