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Phippen Museum presents Arizona food history talk on Saturday

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Join the Phippen Museum on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m., as author and historian Gregory McNamee exposes the many traditions and ingredients that make up one of the Southwest’s most popular dishes: the taco.

The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, and the beef from the steppes of Eurasia, according to a news release. So the foods of Arizona speak to our many cultures, both native and newcomer, and come together to create that favorite treat and staple of Mexican cooking that has become an old standby on the Arizonan’s plate.

In addition to his participation in Arizona Humanities’ Speaker’s Bureau, AZSpeaks, McNamee teaches courses and provides talks on writing, publishing, journalism, media & technology, and cultural and environmental issues. He is also an editor, photographer and publisher who has written 36 books and more than 4,000 articles and other publications.

Join McNamee for this entertaining program that tracks down the history of the taco and investigates the ingredients that make it a basic of Arizona cooking. This presentation accompanies the museum’s current exhibits: Hold Your Horses!, offering fine art focused entirely on the loyal and hardworking horse and, Golden Age of the Cowgirls, featuring a special collection of photographs, clothing and memorabilia highlighting these rugged and determined ladies of the west.

The Phippen Museum is only a few minutes north of downtown Prescott at 4701 N. Highway 89. General admission is $7 for adults, $6 for AAA members, $5 for students with ID, and free for museum members and children 12 and younger. For information, call 928-778-1385, or visit


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