Meet the Country’s First Taco Editor

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José R. Ralat is living the dream. Next week, he begins a new job as the country’s first taco editor for Texas Monthly (which FYI also has a barbecue editor).

“It’s a dream job,” he told The New York Times. “I had wanted to do something like this for a long time.”

Ralat, who has written about tacos for about a decade, contributed to Texas Monthly’s 2015 taco issue, which helped Dan Goodgame, the magazine’s editor in chief, see how nuanced José could be on the topic. While Ralat isn’t Mexican – he was born in Puerto Rico – this culture is important to him. (His wife is Mexican American.)

“It’s not my culture, per se,” he said. “I’ve just been adopted into it, in a manner of speaking, and I hope I can honor them.”

Plenty have taken to Twitter to share their well wishes for Ralat and to admit they’re a little jealous.