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An Evening with Gustavo Arellano – Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America

September 13, 2012
Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA, and Roy G. Martinez, grandson of the founder of Tamalina Milling Company

Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA, and Roy G. Martinez, grandson of the founder of Tamalina Milling Company

On Wednesday, The University of Texas at San Antonio celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with an evening with Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, Calif.; a lecturer in Chicana and Chicano studies at California State University, Fullerton; and author of the widely syndicated column “Ask a Mexican.”

In addition to Arellano’s other accomplishments, he is the author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” and his topic this week was the story of how Americans came to know and love Mexican food in its many varied forms – from fast-food tacos, to Tex-mex combination platters, to gourmet dishes from interior Mexico.

Read more about this event on Special Collections’ culinary blog: La Cocina Histórica.

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