Taco USA Review - Everyone should answer questions A-C...

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Everyone should answer questions A-C below. Page/paragraph numbers are suggested but not mandatory. A. Give a summary of the book. What is/are the main goal(s) of the author for writing the book? How is the book chapters organized? OR How did the author present his ideas? (1-2 paragraphs) B. Narrate your own personal encounters or experiences with Mexican food. What does Mexican food mean to you? (1 page). C. Does the author believe there is authentic Mexican food? Support your answer by using specific quotes and page numbers. (1 page) Chapter Questions You should only respond to the question assigned to you based on your last/family name (1-2 pages). Last/family name ending in A-I: What is Tex-Mex food, its origins and history? What is the relationship between Tex-Mex food and Mexican food? What did the author say about the problems and issues surrounding Tex-Mex food? Last/family name ending in J–R: What is the history of the tortilla and its rise attainment of mass appeal in the U.S.? Does the author think that the tortilla’s popularity and appeal will end or die off? Why/why not? Last/family name ending in S-Z: What were the events leading to the popularity of the margarita drink in the U.S.? Has the reputation of the U.S. style margarita changed in recent years? Why/why not? Taco USA Review Notes Taco USA was written by Gustavo Arellano, who’s the author of the book, and of another book entitled Orange County: A Personal History, and is also a nationally-syndicated columnist. His column Ask A Mexican, as the title suggests, answers any and all questions about Mexicans and Mexican Americans. And so what you have with Gustavo Arellano is, in fact, an award-winning and quite lively personality, as you must have read in his book. So let’s go to the book and see what he’s trying to present to us. Now the book itself is organized according to kind of a question/answer format, much like the author’s syndicated column Ask A Mexican. So the chapters are not so much chronologically arranged, but rather topically arranged in terms of specific questions posed to him. The goal of the book was to expand the

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