In Uruapan..are broken into small pieces and heated\ quickly in a thick syrup of piloncillo, the raw sugar of Mexico.
These of Veracruz are very much like the churros of Spain, but flavored with aniseeds, and served with a syrup." ---The Cuisines of Mexico, Diana Kennedy [Harper Row: New York] 1972 (p.
No one knows when or where it acquired the name fajita, which means girdle' or'strip' in Spanish and refers to the skirt steak originally used in the preparation...
Only in the last decade has refined, regional Mexican food taken a foot-hold in American cities, reflecting not only the tenets of Tex-Mex cookery by the cuisines of Mexico City, the Yucatan, and other regions with long-standing culinary traditions." ---America Eats Out, John Mariani [William Morrow: New York] 1991 (p.
Tex Mex restaurants first surfaced ouside the southwest region in cities with large Mexican populations. Diana Kennedy, noted Mexican culinary expert, is credited for elevating this common food to trendy fare. But it is foreign in that its inspiration came from an alien cuisine; that it has never merged into the mainstream of American cooking and remains alive almost solely in the region where it originated..." ---Eating in America, Waverly Root & Richard de Rochemont [William Morrow: New York] 1976 (p. A combination of the words "Texan" and "Mexican," first printed in 1945, that refers to an adaptation of Mexican dishes by Texas cooks.
These foods were introduced to Mexico by Spanish settlers.Coe American Food: The Gastronomic Story, Evan Jones [chapter III "Padres and Conquistadores"] Cuisines of Mexico, Diana Kennedy Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F.Mariani [separate entries for specific foods--fajita, tamale, chalupa...] Food Culture in Mexico, Long-Solis& Vargas The History of Food, Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, "The History of Cereals, Maize in the West" (pages 164-176) New Mexico Cooking: Southwestern Flavors of the Past and Present, Clyde Casey Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Mexico] Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Andrew J. Pilcher The Story of Corn, Betty Fussell You Eat What You Are, Thelma-Barer-Stein ("Mexico") The history of bunuelos and churros can be traced to ancient peoples.For the rest of the world, "Tex-Mex" had an exciting ring.It evoked images of cantinas, cowboys and the Wild West.