“Ron’s work is always funny, ironic, and surprising. That Ron should have become a purveyor of mezcal is no less surprising, as he has brought his alchemy to a new level. The farming, the harvest, the process of making mezcal is another of Ron’s artistic expressions. As are the Del Maguey bottles, decorated with the brilliant, whimsical watercolors of the great artist Ken Price, a fellow dreamer and adventurer. This book allows us the singular opportunity to enter into Ron’s head and join him on this journey of the senses.” —Anjelica Huston, actress
“I knew nothing about mezcal until Cooper introduced me to it. I was impressed by the sauce and Cooper—and now, this book.” —Larry Bell, artist
“This lovely, conversational, and often very funny book is the next best thing to sitting in the shade of a big, old Oaxacan encino oak tree with Ron and sharing a copita (or three) of the local mezcal. I can’t think of a more pleasant way to pass the time.” —David Wondrich, author of Imbibe!
“‘Up there, up there’s where we’ve got to go . . . . UP THERE!’ Like Walter Houston’s character in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Ron Cooper stumbled on mezcal in the mountains around Oaxaca. But the compelling story is how mezcal found Ron Cooper, and in Finding Mezcal, it unfolds like a movie. The mezcal he found in mountai palenques was seductive, but ultimately, the people who made it are the real soul of the Del Maguey story.” —Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail
“ Agave, mezcal, and all of the people behind this magical spirit needed a book as complete, profound, intimate, and passionate as this one. Está chingón—f-ing great!” —Enrique Olvera, chef/owner of Cosme, Pujol, and Atla