Gustavo Arellano

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Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! column has a circulation of more than two million in thirty-eight markets (and counting). He has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature. Arellano has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and The Colbert Report. For more information, visit

Photograph by Matt Otto

Books by this Author

Taco USA
Orange County
Ask a Mexican


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If your mom tells you she loves you, check it out

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Surrounded by books, with bourbon on the sides, The Simpsons (the good seasons) on the telly, and a naked gal sleeping in my bedroom.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. quesadillas

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My parents--for being unasimmilated Mexicans, they sure have accomplished a lot in this country

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. The inventor of the burrito--I'd say, "Copyright your invention!"

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