Tequila!: A Natural and Cultural History


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University of Arizona Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Ana Guadalupe Valenzuela-Zapata is recognized in Mexico and the United States as the foremost botanical and horticultural expert on agaves used in the tequila industry. A professor at the Universidad de Guadalajara, and one of the few women field scientists in a male-dominated industry, she is author of the Span­ish language book, El Agave Tequilero, and numerous scientific articles on the blue agave. A MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, Gary Paul Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.


"No mere barroom reference, this heady blend of agricultural history, Mescalero anthropology, Aztec mythology and nature writing is an appealing package for researchers and drinkers alike." --Publishers Weekly"A richly textured picture of tequila and the agave plant . . . Readers interested in the natural history and ethnography of the Southwest will enjoy it, as will tequila fanciers who want to learn about the history and manufacture of their drink." --San Diego Union-Tribune"Lyricism for all things agave infuses the prose, a rhapsody tempered by hard botanical science." --San Francisco Chronicle"A scholarly yet entertaining guide to the history and husbandry of this phenomenal beverage . . . For most readers, tequila may be better sipped than studied. But since a little tequila goes a long way, this book can provide an alternate, albeit less intoxicating, form of pleasure." --Natural History"This slender tome contains virtually everything you could want to know about tequila." --New Mexico Magazine