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Tequila Reference Books

Reference Sources for books and Magazines about Tequila, Mezcal and Pulque.

Several of the reference books about tequila listed here were found in bookstores in Mexico. Search Barnes and Noble – and – they have several of the books I have shown here. Some of the Spanish language books are available from US suppliers such as and others. A search on eBay also shows a good selection of books about Tequila.

Hola Tequila! Ninety Creative Cocktails and Inspired Shooters


Hola Tequila! celebrates the unique and festive Mexican distilled spirit that is tequila. Its spectrum of flavors present a unique canvas for the 90 mixed cocktail and shooter recipes that are included in the book—many developed by the author—and will inspire readers to take a new look at this complex spirit.  Author Colleen Graham’s enthusiasm for Mexico’s national drink is refreshing, literally.

Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico Edition 2004

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Preface by Carlos Monsivais, Michael Calderwood (Photographer), Enrique Martinez Limon. Format: Hardcover – Revised Edition – 2nd Edition
Publication Date: October 2004 . From the Publisher – ABOUT THE BOOK – Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico. Long considered a lowbrow liquor, tequila today is one of the fastest-growing beverages in the world, and the growth is decidedly upscale.

Heaven, Earth, Tequila


Un Viaje al Corazón de México, features the work of award-winning photographer Douglas Menuez, who over the past four years has created a stunning body of images that explore the cultural side of tequila and of México itself. This photographic journey of discovery began when Menuez and his Mexican-born friend Andrés Zamudio traveled to the little-known town of Tequila to document the ancient techniques for making tequila. By: Douglas Menuez. Note: Book Description – FROM THE PUBLISHER.

Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico

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Tequila The Spirit Mexico, 1998, 1st Ed

1998 – Hardcover – 1st Edition
Preface by Carlos Monsivais, Michael Calderwood (Photographer), Enrique Martinez Limon
ISBN: 0-7892-0621-8; Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Pub. Date: October 1998
Publisher: USA – Abbeville Press, Incorporated; Publisher: Mexico – Revimundo, S. A. de C. V.
Edition description: First Edition

La Historia del Tequila, de sus Regiones y sus Hombres

By: Rogelio Luna Zamora
Publisher: Consejo Nacional par a Cultura y Las Artes
Edition: 1991
Format: Paperback; 304 printed pages
ISBN: 968-29-2831-1 – Language: Spanish
Price: $8.00 usd (August 2005, Mexico D. F.)

Artes de Mexico – Maguey 

Publisher: Artes de Mexico
Edition: 2000
Revista Libro Numero 51,
Format: Softcover; 96 printed pages
Language: Spanish with English traslation
Price: $18.00 usd (August 2005, Mexico D. F.)
Dimensions: 8.75″ x 12.5″

Tequila Mezcal y Pulque: Lo Autenico Mexicano

By: Lennart Blomberg
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Editorial Diana, S. A., Mexico;
Edition: 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
Language: Spanish
ISBN: 9681332695

Classic Tequila

By: Ian Wisniewski
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication Date: March 1999
Publisher: Prion London Motti Medea Books
Dimensions: 7.5″H x 5″W x 1″D; 0.85 lbs.
ISBN: 1853752967
List Price: $19.95 (May 2005)
Book Description: Distilled from the heart of the agave, a cactus-like plant from the Mexican plains, tequila is a true classic spirit, as central to Mexican culture as whisky is to Scottish traditions. Barrel-aged and blended tequilas–with their herby, spicy aroma and subtle oily texture–have a complexity to rival cognac or malt whiskey. Classic Tequila guides the reader through the rich culture and far-reaching history of the drink. There are tasting notes and histories from classic brands like Cuervo and Sauza to aged and reserve specialties and little-known gems; classic cocktail lore; foods to accompany tequila; recipes for cooking with the spirit; plus a guide to tequila bars and destinations in Mexico and around the world. A classic companion to the drink of the desert.

Mesa Grill Guide to Tequila

By: Laurence Kretchmer, Zeva Oelbaum (Photographer)
ISBN: 1579120105
Format: Hardcover, 192pp
Pub. Date: April 1998
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
The ultimate guide to Mexico’s popular liquor, this book unlocks the mysteries of the blue agave plant and answers all the questions and subtleties regarding the different grades and labels, the regions and methods of production, and the best ways to prepare and enjoy tequila food and drinks. 140 color photos.
Book Description: The ultimate guide that covers the history, production, appreciation and use of tequila with every major variety, covering over fifty brands with seventy-five cocktail recipes, tequila-based appetizers, main courses and desserts.
About the Author: Zeva Oelbaum is a New York-based still life and food photographer. Her work can frequently be seen in The New York Times Magazine, House Beautiful, and many other magazines and books.