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Mexico’s Mezcal Receives Exhaustive Treatment in Holy Smoke: A Book Review

Mexico’s Mezcal Receives Exhaustive Treatment in Holy Smoke: A Book Review

by Helmut Eder

Holy Smoke! It’s Mezcal! A Complete Guide from Agave to Zapotec by John McEvoy is a valiant attempt to synthesize a broad body of inquiry regarding Mexico’s iconic agave based spirit. McEvoy provides an honest, detailed account of the history, nuances, regulation and innumerable incarnations of mezcal in a light-hearted manner, often infused with anecdotes and quotes from industry insiders. Holy Smoke! makes for an easy ready for those interested in learning more about the spirit; mezcal aficionados, novices, and even those in the restaurant and bar industry.

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