Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures
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Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures

by Lucinda Hutson
     
 

“Tequila is my soul mate,” Lucinda Hutson exclaims. “Mexico in a bottle, its flavor is as melodic to the mouth as a mariachi tune is to the ear—bold, spicy, and full of life!” For nearly forty years, Lucinda has trekked through tequila country, distilling adventures and knowledge to present them to enthusiastic readers around the

Overview

“Tequila is my soul mate,” Lucinda Hutson exclaims. “Mexico in a bottle, its flavor is as melodic to the mouth as a mariachi tune is to the ear—bold, spicy, and full of life!” For nearly forty years, Lucinda has trekked through tequila country, distilling adventures and knowledge to present them to enthusiastic readers around the world. Her 1995 book Tequila! Cooking with the Spirit of Mexico helped usher in the boom that transformed the tequila industry. Now in ¡Viva Tequila! she returns to her lifelong passion, bringing us deeper into the traditions and vibrant present of Mexico, and creates fabulous, flavorful recipes for drinks and dishes made with Mexico’s agave spirits.

¡Viva Tequila! begins with a lively tour of the history and culture of spirits made from the miraculous maguey—pulque, mezcal, and tequila. Lucinda follows her chosen elixir from fields of blue agave, to distilleries both family-owned and internationally operated, to the bewildering array of brands now available in the market. She offers advice on how to host a tequila tasting, discover your favorites, and stock your home cantina. With imaginative garnishes and presentations, and inspiration drawn from her travels throughout Mexico, Lucinda presents recipes for dozens of drinks featuring favorite Mexican libations, while also highlighting mezcal and tequila in new and bright ways that go far beyond the ubiquitous margarita. And because no fiesta is complete without festive food, Lucinda shows you how to use agave spirits in delightful dishes that feature fresh produce, fragrant herbs, and chiles picantes, prepared with techniques from Mexico's kitchen. For occasions ranging from lavish buffets to morning meriendas, leisurely afternoon tardeadas, last-minute happy hours, or dessert socials, you'll find original recipes and traditional ones, some of which Lucinda has altered with contemporary touches, that are sure to please every palate.

Editorial Reviews

Austin Woman - Malia Bradshaw
"This eye-catching book is interspersed with colorful photos, most of which highlight items collected from Hutson's travels. Beyond the recipes, Hutson provides funny and inspiring travel stories of an adventuresome woman meeting the open-hearted, joyful culture of Mexico. For anyone who is looking for a summer full of fiestas, ¡Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking, and other Agave Adventures is a must-have."
The Austin Chronicle - Wes Marshall
"In this new work, Hutson and her publisher pull out all the stops to create a gorgeous and informative book which will be every bit as much at home on an upscale cocktail table as it will be in the bar area."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292722941
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
623,854
Product dimensions:
10.26(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.14(d)

What People are saying about this

Ann Clark
"This is an exciting and unique book. . . . Lucinda Hutson weaves a compelling account of Mexico’s magical agave spirits through her stories, her personal connection to Mexico, and her intimate knowledge of tequila traditions. Her travel and adventures in the 1980s recall a Mexico of hospitality and celebration. Her curiosity and lifelong love of Mexico distinguishes this book from recent books that focus more on tequila as a trendy ingredient for mixologists. This is not just another book on tequila; it is a book written with passion that comes from long experience with and deep knowledge of her subject."
James Peyton
"There is no question in my mind that this will be the definitive work on tequila. . . . [I found it] hard to put down because of the author’s obvious passion, storytelling ability, personal anecdotes, and sense of humor. . . . Most readers will be unable to resist rushing out to acquire some of the recommended products, even before they’ve gotten to the actual recipes! More importantly, putting tequila and mescal into historical and cultural perspective enables the reader to appreciate and enjoy them on a level other than just taste. . . . It is a joy and privilege to read this book."

Meet the Author

Lucinda Hutson is a nationally celebrated food, garden, and lifestyle writer and lecturer who gives colorful slide presentations across the country. She also creates festive events and consults on recipes and menus. She is the author of The Herb Garden Cookbook: The Complete Gardening and Gourmet Guide, Second Edition, and her articles on food, spirits, entertaining, and gardening have appeared in Fine Gardening, Food Arts, The Herb Companion, Kitchen Garden, Horticulture, Edible Austin, and many other publications. Lucinda has hosted HGTV in her garden and has been a guest on PBS, and her gardens and recipes have been featured on the cover and inside Southern Living.

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