Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages
"Patrick McGovern has written his masterpiece. He takes us on an engrossing, multifaceted journey through the complex relationships between human ... Show synopsis "Patrick McGovern has written his masterpiece. He takes us on an engrossing, multifaceted journey through the complex relationships between human cultures and alcoholic beverages of all kinds. In doing so, he develops a new context for human history."--Brian Fagan, author of "The Great Warming "and "Fish on Friday" "Fascinating, wide-ranging and erudite. When it comes to ancient beverages, Patrick McGovern is the dean of the subject."--Tom Standage, author of "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" and "An Edible History of Humanity" "In "Uncorking the Past, " Patrick E. McGovern charts the enchantment of human beings with alcoholic beverages from their initial discoveries of fermented honey, fruits, and grains to the perfection of elaborate means for producing, storing, transporting, and consuming treasured spirits. McGovern's gaze is truly global, spanning all the continents, but it is also microscopic, penetrating to neural pathways, genes, and molecules. This is a story told with verve and passion, yet one that is endlessly entertaining and highly informative."--Victor H. Mair, co-author (with Erling Hoh) of "The True History of Tea" "An eminently accessible, sweeping, and thought-provoking history of fermented alcohol."--Max Nelson, author of "The Barbarian's Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe"