Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gustavo Arellano visits Cypress Park Library

"Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America" by Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano, the man behind the nationally syndicated column "¡Ask A Mexican!", the author of  the wildly popular and controversial book by the same name and it's follow up, "Orange County: A Personal History", about his personal ties to the O.C. and the changes it's made from a bucolic paradise of orange groves to the land where good Republicans go to die.
  In his latest book, "Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America", available April 10, Mr Arellano serves up a combo plate of the History and Culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and charting the cuisine’s tremendous popularity in El Norte.

  Taco USA addresses the all-important questions: What exactly constitutes “Mexican” food in the United States? How did it get here? What’s “authentic” and what’s “Taco Bell,” and does it matter? What’s so cosmic about a burrito? And why do Americans love Mexican food so darn much?

Please join us June 7th at 6pm as Gustavo Arellano will be here in the branch answering all these questions. He will also be bringing along copies of his new book, "Taco USA" that will be available for purchase and signing at the end of the program. 

This program will also be streaming live online at so if you can't attend in person please join the program there and ask questions using's chat feature. We'll ask for you and broadcast the answer. 


             We're happy to report that our visit from Gustavo was a HUGE success. Not only did he fill every seat in our community room but after he sold and signed EVERY copy of "Taco USA" he brought with him guests in attendance were happy to order copies from him to be sent out as soon as he could. 

             He spoke to the over 50 people in attendance for over an hour about the topics he covers in "Taco USA" and the whole time he had the audience (in house and online) eating out of the palm of his hand.
            If you didn't get a chance to attend, you can watch the archived recording here

People actually signed in online to be lectured by Gustavo Arellano. Cool!
I make everyone take a picture with me. Just one of the perks of the job. :)

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