How the Tortilla Conquered America

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Consider the tortilla. Made from corn or flour, but essentially grain and water. Served fresh or deep fried. A delivery system for shredded pork, salsa verde, or the chicken and bacon McWrap. Tortillas have been a staple in Mexico for millennia. More recently, they’re devoured in the U.S. by the billions, no more exotic than a hamburger bun. Which begins to explain how Veronica Moreno, a Mexican immigrant with no high school education, came to run a multimillion-dollar corporation.

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