Uncorking the Past. The Quest for Wine, Beer, and other Alcoholic Beverages. Alcoholic Beverages, Patrick E. McGovern.

Uncorking the Past. The Quest for Wine, Beer, and other Alcoholic Beverages.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine tight copy in a Finedust jacket. Uncorking the Past tells the compelling story of humanity's ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. Following a tantalizing trail of archaeological, chemical, artistic, and textual clues, Patrick E. McGovern, the leading authority on ancient alcoholic beverages, brings us up to date on what we now know about how humans created and enjoyed fermented beverages across cultures. Along the way, he explores a provocative hypothesis about the integral role such libations have played in human evolution. We discover, for example, that the cereal staples of the modern world were probably domesticated for their potential in making quantities of alcoholic beverages. These include the delectable rice wines of China and Japan, the corn beers of the Americas, and the millet and sorghum drinks of Africa. Item #26619

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