The Past, Present, and Future of Mezcals
by Gary Nabhan, David Suro Piñera
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Pub Date 16 May 2023 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023
An acclaimed ethnobotanist and a pioneering restaurateur beautifully capture the unparalleled diversity and distinctiveness of artisanal mezcals.
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.
About the Authors:
Gary Paul Nabhan is a MacArthur Award-winning plant explorer, agricultural ecologist and culinary historian who has studied agaves for a half century. He lives in Patagonia, Arizona.
David Suro Pinera is a restaurateur and founder of the Tequila Interchange Project. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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