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USC Dornsife News“Chicken Necks and Chili Queens”

Sarah Portnoy (right), lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife, and Daina Solomon, food blogger at the <em>L.A. Weekly</em> who audited Portnoy's class, enjoy shrimp tacos and <em>aguachile</em> at the <em>Mariscos Jalisco lonchera</em>. Photo by Susan Bell.

In a course taught by Sarah Portnoy, USC Dornsife students learn Spanish via the lens of L.A.’s food truck revolution – including a gastronomic tour through the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles. 

By Susan Bell
October 24, 2012

USC Dornsife News: “A Forkful of Culture”

USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers (right) and classmate Olivia White sampled a few ice cream flavors at Mateo’s Ice Cream in Los Angeles. The trip was one of several that Rogers made to restaurants, mercados and street vendors in neighboring cities throughout L.A. as part of lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife Sarah Portnoy’s course, “The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles.” Photo courtesy of Amy Rogers.

USC Dornsife undergraduate students ventured to myriad Latino eateries throughout Los Angeles to practice their Spanish, get a flavor of Hispanic food and culture, and learn about food-related issues in their community.

By Ambrosia Brody
June 5, 2012

Los Angeles Times: “Oktoberfest at Lucques and Cooks County, and “Planet Taco”‘

Taco talk: Food and history scholar Jeffrey Pilcher will discuss his new book, “Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food” at USC on Tuesday.  The discussion is part of a course titled “The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles” but is open to the general public. 

By Betty Hallock
October 05, 2013

Grub Street L.A.: ‘“Planet Taco” Under Discussion at USC

Planet Taco

Next Tuesday, tacos will be honored with more than just a holiday, but an entire celestial sphere, as professor Jeffrey Pilcher will appear at USC for a lecture called “Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food.”

October 4, 2012
By Hadley Tomicki

LA Magazine: THE GUIDE: Planet Taco

Taco lovers unite! Jeffrey Pilcher will be at USC to discuss his new book,Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food. Explore the history and meaning that the beloved taco has to our national, cultural, and ethnic identity while enjoying the delectable cuisine itself.

October 2012

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