When you first hear that there is class called Taco Literacy, your first thought might be that students in that class learn how to make tacos and how to eat them. This would most definitely be reinforced if you look at the required textbooks for this class titled “Tacopedia”, “Tortillas”, “Planet Taco” and “Taco USA”. However, these assumptions are completely incorrect. This class did talk about food, but it focused on the history of it and how to become distinguished in writing about it, rather than looking at recipes.
If I had never taken this class, I would have never realized how much work goes into food writing. It seems like it would be the easiest thing to do, but writing about the food you eat is more difficult than it seems. When you food write, you have to make sure that you are including every single sense (taste, smell, texture, etc.). Another thing that makes food writing somewhat difficult is that you have to make sure that you are writing for all audiences; you have to make sure that your descriptions would be understood by any audience. After learning the proper way to food write in this class, it has actually shown me that this is not the direction of writing I would want to go in.
Other than learning how to food write, this class has taught me a lot about things that aren’t really put into the spotlight, but need to be. For example, we dipped our toes into the subject of daily wages in different countries and how they differ with the United States. When we looked at the daily wage in Mexico compared to the United States, I was stunned. The daily wage in Mexico is five dollars, and the work that they do is extremely hard labor that deserves way more than a couple of dollars a day.
Without taking this class, I would have never realized how much more work goes into food writing than meets the eye. I also would not have been aware of certain things that are going on in different countries, and how food can connect us all. Taco Literacy is not just a class where you get to eat tacos, rather it’s a class where you know how much work went into the tortilla that you are gripping in your hands, and the history of where the ingredients came from and how they evolved, and it’s a class where you get to have a blast doing so!