Netflix's newest attempt at building its library's foodie options
This 6-episode treatise on the many types of tacos available in Mexico differentiates itself from their producer's efforts like "Street Food" and "Chef's Table", "Taco Chronicles" gives a voice to the food itself, with every episode featuring a narrator as the tacos' "voice". These narrators also follow the specific origins of the tacos themselves, with the Mexico City taco al pastor speaking in typical chilango accent and slang, carne asada following with norteño and so on.
While the gimmick of these voices wears thin at times, they serve for more than just narrative as they emphasize the diversity of cultures and ingredients that have lead to there being so many and wildly different variants of tacos in and out of the country. It's only the Los Angeles Mexican diaspora that's been represented so far and to me said representation seems quite fair and balanced. Another clever trick by the series is its use of animated segments for the more historical background of the tacos, relating them to pre-Columbian cuisine and the changes brought about by Spanish conquest and further Old World immigration.
Overall, the series achieve a good balance between being informational and entertaining, just doesn't offer much to make it stand out. While an initial 6-episode offering makes sense, it does lead to some glaring, noticeable omissions like not featuring a single taco from the South of the country (despite being such a gastronomic force that the name Oaxaca is constant through this first batch) or any featuring seafood from the country's many coasts. I'm sure however, that if there are further episodes, these tacos will eventually be showcased.
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