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Mezcal: The History, Craft Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit

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Emma Janzen is your guide to the bartender's best kept secret, the spirit everyone has been missing out on and it's called Mezcal. See what sets this cousin of tequila apart from the rest of the pack.

Produced in Mexico for centuries but little known elsewhere until recent years, mezcal has captured the imagi
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 14th 2017 by Voyageur Press
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Kyle van Oosterum
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional survey of the history, distillation and cocktail possibilities with mezcal. I’m inclined to agree with one of the author’s many interviewees who suggests that “you don’t find mezcal, it finds you.” A book worthy of the noble agave spirit!
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Janzen I have now have more resources to grow my enthusiasm of mezcal. It is interesting to learn that mezcal is better in a less aged form, as opposed to more Anglo spirits such as whiskey. Some of the recipes included in the text seem rather far-fetched and pricey to create, but I look forward to trying a few and have them bookmarked. I especially await partaking in the earthy and herbal goodness of my first neat pour of Mezcal Koch Espadin Olla de Barro or any other of the fine arti ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received this book as a digital advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t recall ever having tried mezcal, either straight or mixed in a drink. Even worse, I don’t recall ever having a desire to try mezcal. In my mind, mezcal was always been conflated with tequila and, therefore, always assumed to be a low quality liquor that will nauseate me. However, since I did enjoy Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World's Spirit by the same publisher, I figure
Ricardo Hernández
A lack of proper research and investigation makes this book a mere travel diary through downtown Oaxaca and the mezcalerias of the state. Almost 50% of the book accounts for cocktails recipes based on mezcal, the other 20% of travel photos and the rest 30% of field notes. Snob. Like every USA trend.
Bejaka Phoenix
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book on NetGalley for an honest review.

At first I thought this book would be a dense historicalesque novel, however, I was delighted by Jansen's light, poetic and descriptive style as well as the photos that accompanied it. In addition to that, she further highlights the unique cultural identity of this traditional spirit by accenting her book with Spanish words as she delves into the process involved in making Mezcal. Through her words, we traverse through the modern history of
Jared Duff
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of mezcal

This is an excellent intro to mezcal, mezcal culture, and mezcal cocktails. The author wisely spent most of the first half of the book in Mexico talking to the people who have been living and breathing this stuff their whole lives, rather than just interviewing American enthusiasts as too many writers have done before. In the second half, rather than giving a boring account of how mezcal became popular with American bartenders, the author cuts to the chase and gives us a
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Superficially speaking, this is a great coffee table book for fans (or wannabe fans, like me) of mezcal.

More substantially, the book is a great blend of science and culture, where the author successfully infuses her love of the craft in her words. She isn’t condescending in her explanations and seems to simply want to share her love of this growing space with newcomers. As a result, the book is a quick read and doesn’t get too bogged down in details, but is successful in getting newbies excited.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the Goodreads First Reads program for a free copy of this book.
Mezcal: The History, Craft & Cocktails Of The World's Ultimate Artisanal Spirit is a well researched and well written book with stunning photographs, covering everything you could possibly want to know about Mezcal. Included is a brief history, the production process, where to find it, how to drink it, where to drink it, where to buy it, and finally, recipes to make cocktails with it. For me, the most interesting parts were
Ashley Hite
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book about the history of Mezcal an artisinal Mexican spirit that is gaining in popularity around the world. Emma Janzen's book is full of interesting information, stunning photography and tasty cocktail recipes. It is a great resource for those who want to learn more about this unique craft spirit. ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to give it 5 stars for it features a delicious cocktail named after me (the Mayor Rock by Ricky Gomez). 🥃
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nicely made introduction guide to Mezcal. Well written, decentely researched and with beautiful pictures.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good intro, will dive deeper into this subject!
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