Mezcal: Past and Future

Nothing has been more tied to Mexican identity than tequila. While this one Mexican spirit was celebrated, many others were pushed into obscurity. I was invited to write about the past and present of tequila, and mezcal in general, for the Best of Phoenix 2016 issue of the Phoenix New Times: If the agave is…

The Empty Jar Dilemma

I am a jar hoarding addict. Faced with an empty jar, I can never, ever abandon it to the terrifying fate of the recycling bin. It has to be saved. Which leaves me with a large box of jars in every closet, another in the spidery garage. And with far too many possibilities of what…

Reading Material: ‘The Authenticity Trap’ and Handmade Tortillas

The easiest way to sell an ethnic cuisine is to make a claim to authenticity. Authentic street tacos on authentic hand made tortillas, made by authentic people. But my question is, who and what determines that authenticity? Making tortillas, something deeply rooted in Mexican history and culture, is still very much a part of the people,…