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Monday, July 20, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Tequila (Ten Speed Press)

TEQUILA; a guide to types, flights, cocktails and bites (Ten Speed
Press, 2009, 130 pages, ISBN 978-1-58008-949-4, $16.95 US, hard covers)
is by Joanne Weir, chef and food writer in San Francisco. She's also
won a Beard for "Weir Cooking in the City". Here she deftly guides us
through the mazeway of tequila, giving us 60 preps for drinks and
tequila-infused foods. There's the basic primer on tequila's history
and culture, and the guide to the various types. There are photos on
the making of tequila, as well as the food preps here. Fortunately,
there are few pictures of cocktail glasses or bottles. Excessive use of
these pictures is ultimately a sign of editorial laziness in a cocktail
book. Not here. Avoirdupois measurements are used, but there is no
metric table of equivalents. Sources of supply are all US.
Audience and level of use: home bartenders, hospitality schools.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: more than 10 million cases
of tequila were sold in the US in 2007.
The downside to this book: a bit short; it needed more recipes.
The upside to this book: a good collection of information.
Quality/Price Rating: 88.

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