This week, we dive into the world of apples and agave. First, we talk with apple historian Diane Flynt, author of Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South, about what makes apples so magical and the connection apples have to people.
On a recent evening at Tequilas, a restaurant in Philadelphia, I was offered a small bowl of what looked like gnarled slices of dried pineapple. It was roasted agave, of the same variety that had produced the mezcal in the small glass cup in front of me on the bar.
Gary Paul Nabhan and David Suro Piñera’s “Agave Spirits: The Past, Present, and Future of Mezcals” is both a paean to and lamentation for the unique intersection of nature and community that produces mezcal.
The New York Times just posted praise for our Agave Spirits book, but at the same time I want to thank the many friends who came out to the Marfa Agave Festival, Collected Works in Santa Fe and Book Works in Albuquerque for our storytelling from the book.
What’s shakin, cocktail fans? Welcome to Episode 265 of The Modern Bar Cart Podcast! This time around, we’re joined by author and ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan to explore some of the most important and pressing issues facing agave spirits enthusiasts and mezcaleros. In this botanically diverse conversation with ethnobotanist and author