Agave Spirits: The Past, Present, and Future of Mezcals by Gary Paul Nabhan Ph.D. and David Suro Piñera

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  • ISBN 10 0393867102
  • ISBN 13 9780393867107
  • Published May 16 2023
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

Publishers Text

The agave plant was never destined to become tasteless, cheap tequila. Follow Gary Nabhan and David Suro Pinera on the trail with archaeologists and botanists to caves where 9,000-year-old remains of agaves have been found, and then fast track to the 1990s, the peak of the “margarita craze,” before a deadly cocktail of microbes devastated blue agave plants on Mexican lands.

Culled from decades of fieldwork and interviews with mezcaleros in eight Mexican states, Agave Spirits reveals the stunning innovations emerging today across the mezcal supply chain and offers solutions for improving sustainability and equity. Thousands of years of tradition are inspiring a new generation of individuals (including women), with an explosion of cutting-edge science pointing a way forward for the betterment of the drink and the lives of the people who create it. Agave Spirits boldly delights in the most flavorful and memorable spirits humankind has ever sipped and savored.

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