It could be argued that the two biggest food groups in Texas are barbecue and breakfast tacos. Texas Monthly apparently believes so. Six years after creating the position of barbecue editor, the award-winning regional magazine today named its first ever taco editor.
Dallasite José R. Ralat, who founded the Taco Trail blog and most recently served as food and drinks editor for Cowboys & Indians magazine, will begin in his new role on September 18. The gig will include “all things related to tacos and Mexican cuisine, from trends and reviews to the stories and people behind the food,” according to a release.
Ralat got his start writing about tacos for the Dallas Observer in 2010, before launching Taco Trail. He has contributed to VICE’s Munchies, Texas Highways, D Magazine and Texas Monthly, where he co-edited the December 2015 cover package, “The 120 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die.”
The University of Texas Press will publish Ralat’s book, the first national survey of regional tacos in the United States, American Tacos: A History and Guide, in April 2020.
Texas Monthly, which was purchased in June by an entity owned by Houston investor Randa Duncan Williams, has appointed nine additional full-time team members to the editorial staff in the last six months.
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