Gustavo Arellano

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Gustavo Arellano
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Gustavo Arellano at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born3 February 1979 Edit this on Wikidata (age 41)

Gustavo Arellano is an American writer and journalist. He is a featured contributor for the Los Angeles Times[1] and the former publisher and editor of Orange County's alternative weekly OC Weekly. He is most notable as the author of the column ¡Ask a Mexican!, which is syndicated nationally and has been collected into book form as ¡Ask a Mexican! (Scribner, 2008).[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]

In 2018, Arellano was featured in the "Tacos" episode of the hit Netflix show Ugly Delicious.[6] He has also written an episode of the American cartoon Bordertown.

Personal life[edit]

He is a third cousin once removed of actress Jessica Alba,[7] while his wife owns and operates a restaurant in Santa Ana. Arellano was at the OC Weekly for 15 years before resigning in 2017.[8] In January 2019, Arellano officially became a features writer for the Los Angeles Times, covering mostly Southern California.[9]


  • Ask a Mexican (Scribner 2007), ISBN 978-1416540038
  • Orange County: A Personal History (Scribner, 2008), ISBN 978-1416540052
  • Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (Scribner, 2012), ISBN 978-1439148624


  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. ^ "Gustavo Arellano". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2015-08-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Arellano, Gustavo. "I'm moving to the other side of the wall — the news side". Retrieved 2019-06-17.

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