Bill Esparza’s Tacos Campechano and Maja at Tacos Don Manolito
Today's Lunch Therapy patient, Bill Esparza, is the James Beard Award-winning author of LA Mexicano who's considered by many to be America's leading expert on Mexican food. He's also a renowned saxophonist who's traveled the world playing music with Brian Setzer, Bryan Adams, and Colin Hay. In today's session, Bill explains how to spot a good taco truck, how the pandemic impacted street food, growing up Mexican-American, his grandmother's cooking, and how he didn't learn Spanish until he was in his thirties. We also cover eating while on the road with musicians, how he finds new places to eat, starting his blog in the early 2000s, and where a birria newbie (yours truly) should get birria in L.A.
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