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The perfectly round tortilla

10 May 2011

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Ruby & Enrique Madrid, on the way back to Redford, Texas, after our Texas Biennial weekend, May 2011. Photo by Julian Mock.

We had the honor of hosting Texas border historian and scholar Enrique Madrid and his wife Ruby as part of our Texas Biennial weekend with Alyce Santoro. Enrique and Ruby taught us how to prepare perfectly round tortillas — by following a scientific equation inspired by the laws of physics and the Big Bang. Jake Silverstein, editor of Texas Monthly, recently wrote about Enrique and his tortilla equation — as well as Enrique’s passion for saving endangered flavors and cooking as a critical cultural heritage. As Enrique says, “Sharing food is the most important human relationship there is. The more we eat the same foods, the more we can trust each other.”

You can read more about Enrique here, and watch Alyce Santoro’s video piece about him and Ruby and those perfectly round tortillas here.