We are pleased to announce The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City by Robert Lemon has won the American Association of Geographers John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize.
This award encourages and rewards American geographers who write books about the United States that convey the insights of professional geography in language that is both interesting and attractive to lay readers.
From the award committee:
“In this engaging, clearly written, and well-illustrated book, Lemon also explores some of the controversial urban politics that have surrounded, shaped, and sometimes limited the taco truck’s access to parts of the city. Lemon’s book marks a creative intersection of food geography, ethnic studies, and urban political geography and the result is a readily digestible, yet meaty appreciation for how taco trucks and their informal cuisine have created new, fluid, and mobile places in the cities we live in.
Simply put, Lemon’s appealing exploration of the taco truck—crafted in a wonderfully Jacksonian narrative—demonstrates the author’s success in making these street-side eateries a more legible part of the vernacular urban landscape and in highlighting where millions of Americans meet for lunch.”
Congratulations Robert Lemon!