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How the Gringos Stole Tequila: The Modern Age of Mexico's Most Traditional Spirit Hardcover – May 1, 2015

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Editorial Reviews


"A phenomenal book -- probably one of the smartest books about a spirit I've ever read." --The Toronto Star

"A rich story... engaging." -- The Wall Street Journal

Best of 2015 cocktail (and spirits) books: "'How the Gringos Stole Tequila' [is] a lively exploration of the heritage, culture, practices and politics that shape Mexico's most famous export. Martineau introduces producers using traditional agricultural and distillation methods, shows readers why they're worth preserving, and outlines the challenges facing anyone concerned with the quality and sustainability of tequila, mezcal and other agave spirits." -- The Kansas City Star

"Martineau journeys through Mexico interviewing producers of the agave-based spirits tequila and mescal. She's dismayed that international beverage distributors now design and market Mexico's signature alcoholic drinks and that techniques of mass production too often sacrifice integrity and authenticity." -- Foreign Affairs

"Martineau argues convincingly that good tequila resembles wine more than it does its fellow liquors. She writes of agave plantations as if they are vineyards, with variations in climate, slope, soil, and moisture resulting in variations in the plants that are, in turn, discernible in the distilled product. She co-opts the precious French word terroir and applies it to her subject with no intended loss of dignity." -- The Los Angeles Review of Books

About the Author

Chantal Martineau is a Montreal native now based in New York who writes about wine, spirits, food, travel and culture. Her writing (sometimes accompanied by her own photography) has been published in Saveur, Afar, The Atlantic, Redbook, Islands, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and more. She appeared in the Travel Channel's Confessions of a Travel Writer and is the author of How the Gringos Stole Tequila: The Modern Age of Mexico's Most Traditional Spirit.

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  • Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781613749050
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1613749050
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press; First Edition (May 1, 2015)
  • ASIN : 1613749058
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 8 ratings
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