Taco USA Gets Big Story in New York Times!

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I've obviously known about this for a while, but had to keep it under wraps for the obvious reason that one never knows what might happen in news. But as of today, the New York Times' dining section has published a big ol' piece on my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America--and with more than a few kind words thrown my way.

OH, DEAR...

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The closest I'll ever get to the front page of the Gray Lady--the front page of nytimes.com!

You can read the story by Julia Moskin here (complete with a HILARIOUS shot of me eating tacos)--if you're prohibited from reading because you're a cheapskate or don't believe in registering for the Times' 10-free-articles-a-month deal, you can pick up the print version on Wednesday. Moskin is kind, calling my book "an absorbing account of how a few foods (salsa, tacos, chili, tequila) from the complicated and enormous cuisine of Mexico managed to slip into the mainstream of American taste." It starts at Mitla Cafe, mentions Sonoran dogs, and even features an oblique reference to Mos 2.

Rick Bayless, of course, declined to comment haha.

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sdb
sdb

What a nice article!  I also enjoyed your gig on Alt.Latino.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Good read if you like Mexican food!....Congrats !!.....

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

I'm a cheapskate, But I will buy the print version. The same way I bought your book. Congrats Gustavo.

Grvz5247
Grvz5247

I'm not to far from Mitlas i'm gona have to go soon.

Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller

Is your position as editor of the OCW important?  Or are you paid solely to plug your book and bitch out ihateusc?

DIANA
DIANA

yaaayyyy!! :) <3

Wren
Wren

The East coast never really took a liking to mexican food. Growing up there the best you would come across is what you made at home. New York is pizza town, best anywhere and those dirty water hot dogs from the vendors on the street, yum. They still lean towards meat and potatoes, chicken and sausages. tacos? not too much...

JB
JB

Mr. Arellano, you should be pleased that a keen observer and talented writer as Ms. Moskin ("Inland Empire...the vast tract of sage and scrub east of Los Angeles, now covered with housing developments and strip malls"...impressive remark from a native and lifelong NYer) drew the assignment to profile you.  Usted come across very well, and more importantly, the extracts of the book content is going to inspire a few people to buy some.

[Just wish better “¡Ask a Mexican!” questions were used, like maybe the ones about the male affinity for broom-thick mustaches and scratch-off lottery tickets.]..Felicidades on this well-deserved piece,which among other things makes me want to visit sacred San Bernardino, via an armored Humvee, of course. 

Kevin
Kevin

Free tacos for Kevin and Bean!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

No, I also get to expose pedophile priests and Klan members.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Sí eres cheapskate, because if you weren't, you'd do the Mexi style and find the free password haha! How do you think I read it?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

No, you'll only need the Humvee for Colton! Gracias for the kind words!

Wren
Wren

It sure is. Born and raised, tons of family there. They don't eat mexican food. It's not like California. You don't live there, you know little of what you speak. East coasters don't care for that style. 

Bostongurl
Bostongurl

 Wren is the one who knows not what they speak

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Read the book and you'll find out otherwise...whether it's good is a different beast.

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