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Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages by [McGovern, Patrick E.]
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"McGovern's delving, detailed in this fascinating book, leaves little doubt that humans are born drinkers." New Scientist 20091213 "(A) magnificent study, skillfully written and well illustrated." Choice 20120401 "Takes his reader on a world tour, examining the archeological record for alcohol use across continents and cultures." Nature 20091029 "Highly informative and challenging." California Grapevine 20100701 "In this engaging book, Patrick McGovern gives us a world tour of the origins of alcoholic beverages." -- John Gava Law Society Journal 20111101 "A remarkable book, both erudite and entertaining." Gastronomica 20120101

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"McGovern's delving, detailed in this fascinating book, leaves little doubt that humans are born drinkers."--New Scientist "(A) magnificent study, skillfully written and well illustrated."--Choice "Takes his reader on a world tour, examining the archeological record for alcohol use across continents and cultures."--Nature "Highly informative and challenging."--California Grapevine "A remarkable book, both erudite and entertaining."--Gastronomica

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3240 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DIX7Q6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By andy h on 26 Dec. 2011
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Much more than just a book about booze. The history of the universe, life on earth and, primarily,humanity and our relationship with alcohol.
A meaty academic volume, it's not a tube read.
I haven't purchased for my Kindle due to the valuable colour images.
I have given this book as a present and I rarely bother to write reviews.
I think the importance of this work should reach a wider audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Our world is awash in ethanol" 30 Nov. 2009
By Chambolle - Published on Amazon.com
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So says Patrick McGovern, and this book explains how it got that way. McGovern theorizes that organisms great and small, perhaps from the unicellular to non-human primates to humans, are hard wired to crave the products of sugar fermentation, particularly alcohol. This taste for fermented beverages has been a driving force in the evolution of human biology, agriculture, culture and religion, or so it would seem. McGovern documents this evolution through archeological findings from Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East -- anywhere and everywhere wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages have been made for many thousands of years,from grain, fruit, honey and whatever other raw material mankind could coax into creating intoxicating food and drink. We are, as McGovern has entitled his very first chapter, "Homo Imbibens."

As the book concludes, summing up the theme, "our species' intimate relationship with fermented beverages over millions of years has, in large measure, made us what we are today."

Being neither an archeologist nor a paleontologist, I found some of the copious detail presented in this book to be tough sledding. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating read and worth the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the big picture to the tiniest detail 6 Feb. 2013
By mrthinkndrink - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply an outstanding book of scholarship. McGovern is a scientist who speaks fluent vernacular, which for most of us is a blessing. This is a remarkably inclusive survey of worldwide alcoholic beverage production and consumption from the end of the last ice age through the age of the Greeks. Though much of the book deals with the beginnings and subsequent evolution of wine and beer, he touches on drinks, ceremonies and rituals involving fermentation of myriad fruits, honey and starch laden grains from South America to China to Africa. One can't help but be impressed by the widespread use of alcohol by almost every societal group on earth. The picture painted by the author is of an ancient world practically awash in mixed drinks (beer, wine, and honey mixed together being a common one) and a remarkable diversity of stand alone wine and beer styles, often infused with herbs and flavorings, many hallucinatory, to enable the priests and leaders of early societies to commune with their particular gods and goddesses. These drinks have not only been an integral part of human life for thousands of years but may well have been the impetus behind agricultural domestication, human migration and trade and the spread of dominant cultures.
For any student of the human condition, of the development of ritual and religion, of the emergence of humanity from our earliest hominid ancestors - and certainly for any thoughtful devotee of wine or beer, I highly recommend Uncorking The Past.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, Recommended 18 May 2017
By J. Willis Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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A good review, with interesting insights on the evolution of fermented beverages in early humanity. A lot of unexpected side observations on everything from the bible to the human psychology, as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a great read! 17 July 2016
By Taosmax - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely fascinating, enthralling read! I am finding it difficult to put this book down so that I can go to work....or do just about anything else. If you have any interest in fermentation and how it has affected humanity throughout history, you're going to want to read this. The author is known as "The Indiana Jones of Ancient Fermented Beverages", and now I understand why.
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting and informative history of fermented beverages by beer lovers' favorite molecular archeologist 27 Oct. 2014
By Seamus O'Boogie - Published on Amazon.com
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Very entertaining, interesting and informative history of fermented beverages by beer lovers' favorite molecular archeologist, Dr. Patrick McGovern, who has worked with Dogfishhead in recipe recreations and was seen on Brewmasters. Great read if you are interested in archeology, brewing, fermentation in general, and the rise of civilization.
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