Because documentary photographer Douglas Menuez believes that to have a firm understanding of Mexico and its culture, you must first understand tequila — which he considers a constant in a land of ever-changing history — he spent five years photographing and documenting life in and around the Jalisco State town of Tequila.

This month, the fruit of all that labor is born with the release of Menuez’s Heaven, Earth, Tequila: Un Viaje al Corazón de Mexico (Waterside Publishing, $40). Featuring more than 70 stunning photographs in both black-and-white and vivid color, Heaven, Earth, Tequila offers a moving commentary through images of landscapes, back roads, farms, and, most importantly, the faces of the workers themselves. Like tequila itself, and the rich country whose culture revolves around it, this book is a work of art.