In an ill-advised tweet sent on Sunday night, Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery shared her disdain for the national cuisine of Texas, Tex-Mex. Shortly after, Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook set Jeffrey straight in the best way possible.
In her initial tweet, a response to a question asking what her “unforgivable food gaffe” would be while running for president, Jeffery describes queso as “nasty” and describes Tex-Mex as “glop.” Immediately after the tweet was sent, replies began to pour in from both Texans and people outside the state with functioning taste buds, defending the majesty of cheesy enchiladas, fajitas, margaritas, and of course, queso.
Queso is nasty and Tex Mex is glop. https://t.co/7NneYxabLh— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) February 10, 2019
Cook began her response to Jeffrey graciously, pointing out that most Texans disagree with her assertion and wondering whether or not she’d ever eaten actual Tex-Mex. After Jeffrey responded by saying (in part) that Tex-Mex just “isn’t [her] jam,” she went even further in insulting the Lone Star State. “I can’t even with Texas’ inflated sense of grandiosity and injury at every juncture, this being the most tribal of them,” she wrote. It was at this point that Cook was clearly fed up with Jeffrey’s reductive view of Tex-Mex and those who love it.
Never knew you to have such a terrible take. Believe me, Texans of all shades — repeat, ALL SHADES — reject your terrible take. You must have been eating pseudo Tex-Mex in California & the East Coast or something.— Alison Cook (@alisoncook) February 11, 2019
Nope, eaten at some of the top spots, high and low end, with some very nice folks as hosts and ambassadors. Not my jam, and I am far from alone. Sorry, Texas. Never sure why there’s so much defensiveness around it. NY/CT/Chicago pizza battles, same.— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) February 11, 2019
Come on, the whole question and response, mine was hardly the only one, was supposed to be about soliciting unpopular opinions. Tbh I can’t even with Texas’ inflated sense of grandiosity and injury at every juncture, this being the most tribal of them.— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) February 11, 2019
And here comes the real mic drop moment:
Well, don't go in peace then. Just go.— Alison Cook (@alisoncook) February 11, 2019
Boom. Don’t come for Tex-Mex, or Alison Cook will come for you.