Liquid Mexico: Festive Spirits, Tequila Culture, and the Infamous Worm

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Cultural Writing. Latino/Latina Studies. Travel Literature. A warm and funny travelogue that delves into the drinks and related culture the authors discovered in their many travels throughout Mexico. Unlike typical travelogues, LIQUID MEXICO shows how distinctive spirits such as tequila and mezcal came to play a prominent role in Mexico's culture and how they now fit into the nation's intriguing culinary and social environment. Each chapter focuses on a specific beverage as well as the region of Mexico most ...

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Overview

Cultural Writing. Latino/Latina Studies. Travel Literature. A warm and funny travelogue that delves into the drinks and related culture the authors discovered in their many travels throughout Mexico. Unlike typical travelogues, LIQUID MEXICO shows how distinctive spirits such as tequila and mezcal came to play a prominent role in Mexico's culture and how they now fit into the nation's intriguing culinary and social environment. Each chapter focuses on a specific beverage as well as the region of Mexico most associated with that drink. As Youman and Estep sweep you along on their spirit sampling, they regale you with tales of travel adventure and interesting people they met along the way. Publishers Weekly's starred review called the book "seriously entertaining armchair travel."

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Publishers Weekly
This might look like just another reference for the bar shelf, but halfway into chapter one's hilarious account of surviving the Tequila Express from Guadalajara to Tequila-complete with nonstop dance brigades of retirees doing the macarena-readers will know they can hunker down for some seriously entertaining armchair travel. Youman and Estep, a husband and wife writing alternate chapters, have studied and worked in Mexico in various capacities and now live in Arizona. For this volume, they took the sociable theme of drinking-beer, tequila, pulque, mescal, margaritas, micheladas, etc.-and traveled Mexico learning what they could, which means readers will emerge knowledgeable about such delightful trivia as why pulque tastes worse the farther it's traveled from the tinacal (production site), and where the margarita got its name. Even better are the authors' more offbeat quests: visiting the flagellants of Atotonilco, training to sing with mariachis, tasting salsa made from live jumil (a kind of beetle), tracing Carlos Santana's relatives and observing gringo students' binge drinking during spring break in Cancun. This fun book allows readers to get close to things they wouldn't want to do themselves-like eat a gusano (mescal worm)-without the hangover. Photos. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
At first glance, this book does not appear to offer much for the teetotaler. Further examination, however, reveals the inclusion of interesting facts and travel suggestions for those still on the wagon. The authors, a husband-and-wife team who have lived and worked in Mexico for many years and coauthored several travel guides on Latin America, here sample selections of beer and other libations in Mexico-the most famous of which, of course, is tequila. Distilled from the blue agave plant harvested in only five Mexican states, tequila is sipped and savored by most Mexicans (and not gulped down to a nauseating finish as in the States). There is also its mestizo agave cousin, mezcal (the one with the worm), and its pre-Columbian precursor, pulque. Mixed in with Estep and Youman's sampling of spirits-and their goal to find the true source of the margarita-are tales of their trips to archaeological sites, beaches, and artisan centers. Recommended for large public libraries.-Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931010269
  • Publisher: Bilingual Review/Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : Ramon's wedding 1
Tequila : Tequila, Jalisco 7
Sangrita : Guadalajara and Southern Jalisco 31
Cuauhtemoc beers : Monterrey 49
Cuba Libre : Veracruz 73
Margarita : Tehuacan and Taxco 91
Upside-down margarita : Cancun and Holbox Islands 121
Michelada : Acapulco 143
Pulque : Apan, Mexico City, and Tepoztlan 167
Corona : San Miguel de Allende 189
Mezcal : Oaxaca 213
Epilogue : Jack's wedding 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    Cheers to this book!

    What great history on the drinks of Mexico and the culture that surrounds them. This is in no way a 'drinking tale.' It's about the processes and culture and funny characters that surround Mexico's typical beverages. I say cheers to this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    A Great Mexican Education

    This book is funny and entertaining and informative. I know lots of cool details about Mexican culture that I didn't know about before I read it. It's also cool that it was written by a couple. You can tell they like traveling and anybody else who does too should read this book

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