Austin’s “Texas Monthly” Magazine Has Hired a Taco Editor

José R. Ralat landed the position and is now the 'zine's resident taco expert

Austin's "Texas Monthly" Magazine Has Hired a Taco Editor
Tacos at the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival in Austin, Texas. (Rick Kern/WireImage)
By Evan Bleier / September 11, 2019 10:54 am

The good news is that the job “Taco Editor” exists.

The bad news is that Texas Monthly has already filled the position.

A Dallas-based food writer named José R. Ralat landed the position and is now the resident taco expert for the Austin-based magazine.

“José is one of the foremost experts on tacos in the state and the country,” Texas Monthly executive editor Kathy Blackwell said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have him join our growing editorial team, and to share with our readers his wealth of knowledge about the amazing variety of foods that can be tucked into a tortilla.”

Ralat began writing a “Taco Trail” column for the Dallas Observer in 2010 and has a book, American Tacos: A History and Guide, coming out in April.

“Although the position’s title is taco editor, and I will be covering a lot about tacos, it’s not limited to tacos,” Ralat told The Observer. “It’s really about Mexican food in the state, and that everything makes it into a tortilla eventually. It’s a cultural product that moves beyond food, absolutely. I think that Mexican food and tacos are inherently political. Food in general, because it is a cultural product, it’s tied to identity, right?”

In addition to hiring Ralat, Texas Monthly also has a Barbecue Editor, Daniel Vaughn.

For the record, New York has pretty good tacos too.

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