Why calcium hydroxide plus corn is key to understanding Western civilization and tacos

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In the world of corn tortillas, a fierce debate rages:

Is it okay to make them from pre-made corn flour, or do you need to go all the way back to dried corn kernels to make truly “from scratch” tortillas?

We try to settle this debate and, in the process, understand a key moment in the foundation of Western civilizations.

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