Gustavo Arellano

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Gustavo Arellano
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Gustavo Arellano at the 2012 Texas Book Festival

Gustavo Arellano is a features writer for the Los Angeles Times[1] and the former publisher and editor of Orange County's alternative weekly OC Weekly, and the author of the column ¡Ask a Mexican!, which is syndicated nationally.[2][3][4] Arellano has won numerous awards for the column, including the 2006 and 2008 Best Non-Political Column in a large-circulation weekly from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the 2007 Presidents Award from the Los Angeles Press Club and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.[5]

The columns were collected in book form in 2008 as ¡Ask a Mexican! (Scribners, ISBN 978-1416540038). Arellano has published two further books: Orange County: A Personal History (Scribners, 2008, ISBN 978-1416540045), and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (Scribners, 2012, ISBN 978-1439148617)

Arellano was at the OC Weekly for 15 years before resigning in 2017.[6]

In 2018, Arellano was featured in the "Tacos" episode of the hit Netflix show Ugly Delicious.[7]

In January 2019, Arellano officially became a features writer for the LA Times, covering mostly Southern California.[8]

He is a third cousin once removed of actress Jessica Alba.[9]


  1. ^ "Gustavo Arellano". Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  2. ^ Daniel Hernandez, "Inquiring Gringos Want to Know", Banderas News, September 2006. Accessed 2010-10-21.
  3. ^ Tim Gaynor, "Confused by your neighbors? Then Ask a Mexican!", Reuters, 1 May 2007. Accessed 2010-10-21.
  4. ^ Interview with “¡Ask a Mexican!” author Gustavo Arellano
  5. ^ "Gustavo Arellano". Simon & Schuster Authors. Simon & Schuster, Inc. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 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.
  6. ^ Kalfus, Marilyn (October 13, 2017). "Gustavo Arellano, editor in chief of OC Weekly, says he quit instead of laying off staffers". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Gustavo Arellano". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  8. ^ Arellano, Gustavo. "I'm moving to the other side of the wall — the news side". Retrieved 2019-06-17.
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