Four Austin residents have invented a ‘taco cleanse’

Flush that carrot juice down the toilet and blanket your hands with the comforting warmth of tortillas. It’s 2016, and there’s a delicious new detox on the cookbook shelf.

According to the Los Angeles Times, four Austin residents and self-styled “taco scientists” have designed a taco cleanse guaranteed to “prevent or reverse taco deficiency.” Sure, such a calamitous malady is likely all but eradicated in the Lone Star State. But if you’re looking for a healthy way to build your entire dietary life around refried beans and guacamole, that resolution is now much easier to keep.

(Mike Sutter/American-Statesman)
(Mike Sutter/American-Statesman file photo)

In “The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life,” vegan foodies Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger and Jessica Morris detail a method of replacing all meals for a month with tacos. Good news if you’re quite particular about your folded fare. The book offers much guidance, according to the Times:

“Before attempting the taco cleanse, the book offers a taco quiz, in which you answer a series of questions to discover your taco-eater personality. You can be a taco purist, taco sentimentalist, taco adventurist or taco contortionist. Yes, it’s just like those Cosmopolitan magazine quizzes.”

“The Taco Cleanse” also explains how to make vegan versions of tortillas (flour, corn or waffle), margaritas and popular fillings like picadillo, carne guisada and more.

Of course, Austin has no problem baptizing themselves in the sweet embrace of the taco. We’ve got one of Food Network’s top 5 tacos in America, and Foursquare thinks we’re the king of this particular cuisine. Of course, you already knew that. You’re probably stuffing a fried avocado ‘co from Torchy’s in your piehole as you read this.

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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