Outer-space tacos and burritos, orbiting the earth with NASA astronauts: It’s one of the brief histories you’ll find in Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Gustavo Arellano’s new 320-page book about the universality of Mexican food.
“Astronauts could wrap one around anything and make a quick meal. They also weren't as dangerous as bread, whose crumbs crippled air vents and sensitive equipment.”
More than just fascinating food facts for trivia hounds, Arellano--the author of the too-hilarious ¡Ask a Mexican! syndicated column and best-selling book, as well as a child of Mexican immigrants--looks through a food lens to explain the sometimes fractious, sometimes fraternal relations between America and Mexico/Mexican-Americans.
“As globalization sets in, so does Mexican food,” Arellano writes in the Simon & Schuster book released next week. And “Mexican food is as much of an ambassador for the U.S. as the hot dog, whether or not either country wants to admit it.”
Arellano will sign copies and read from Taco USA at 8 p.m. Wednesday April 11 at Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. Stick around and ask him why San Diego wasn’t on his OC Weekly list of “The Five Most Influential Cities in the Development of Mexican Food in the United States.”
Details: Gustavo Arellano will read from and sign Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America at 8 p.m. April 11, Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, 2125 Park Blvd., San Diego, (619) 235-6135
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