Uncorking the Past Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Uncorking the Past

  • Author : Patrick E. McGovern
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2009-10-30
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520944688

Uncorking the Past Excerpt :

In a lively gastronomical tour around the world and through the millennia, Uncorking the Past tells the compelling story of humanity's ingenious, intoxicating search for booze. 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 the creation and history of alcohol, and the role of alcohol in society across cultures. Along the way, he integrates studies in food and sociology to explore a provocative hypothesis about the integral role that spirits have played in human evolution. We discover, for example, that the cereal staples of the modern world were probably domesticated in agrarian societies for their potential in fermenting large 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. Humans also learned how to make mead from honey and wine from exotic fruits of all kinds: even from the sweet pulp of the cacao (chocolate) fruit in the New World. The perfect drink, it turns out-whether it be mind-altering, medicinal, a religious symbol, liquid courage, or artistic inspiration-has not only been a profound force in history, but may be fundamental to the human condition itself. This coffee table book will sate the curiosity of any armchair historian interested in the long history of food and wine.

Ancient Wine Book

Ancient Wine

  • Author : Patrick E. McGovern
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691197203

Ancient Wine Excerpt :

A richly illustrated account of the story of ancient viniculture The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive account of the earliest stages of the history and prehistory of viniculture, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine by drawing on recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing, and the writings and art of ancient peoples. In a new afterword, the author discusses exciting recent developments in the understanding of ancient wine, including a new theory of how viniculture came to central and northern Europe.

Divine Vintage Book
Score: 2.5
From 6 Ratings

Divine Vintage

  • Author : Randall Heskett
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2012-11-13
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230112438

Divine Vintage Excerpt :

An exploration of wine culture from biblical periods illuminates such topics as the use of wine in religious rites, wine's birthplace at the Fertile Crescent, and the significance of Jesus' water-to-wine miracle.

Women of Wine Book

Women of Wine

  • Author : Ann B. Matasar
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2010-12-17
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520267961

Women of Wine Excerpt :

"This book, with its personal approach and global scope, is the first to explore women's increasingly influential role in the wine industry, traditionally a male-dominated domain. Women of Wine draws on interviews with dozens of leading women winemakers, estate owners, professors, sommeliers, and wine writers in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere to create a mosaic of the women currently shaping the wine world and to offer a revealing insiders' look at the wine industry."--Jacket.

Divine Vintage Book
Score: 2.5
From 6 Ratings

Divine Vintage

  • Author : Joel Butler
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2012-11-13
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137044921

Divine Vintage Excerpt :

Winner of the Gourmand Wine Books prize for 'Best Drinks Writing Book' in the UK A fascinating journey through ancient wine country that reveals the drinking habits of early Christians, from Abraham to Jesus. Wine connoisseur Joel Butler teamed up with biblical historian Randall Heskett for a remarkable adventure that travels the biblical wine trail in order to understand what kinds of wines people were drinking 2,000 to 3,500 years ago. Along the way, they discover the origins of wine, unpack the myth of Shiraz, and learn the secrets of how wine infiltrated the biblical world. This fascinating narrative is full of astounding facts that any wine lover can take to their next tasting, including the myths of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Jewish wine gods, the emergence of kosher wine, as well as the use of wine in sacrifices and other rites. It will also take a close a look at contemporary modern wines made with ancient techniques, and guide the reader to experience the wines Noah (the first wine maker!) Abraham, Moses and Jesus drank.

Investing in Liquid Assets Book

Investing in Liquid Assets

  • Author : David Sokolin
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-05-06
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 1416565000

Investing in Liquid Assets Excerpt :

Now more than ever, the value of Investment-Grade Wines (IGWs) and opportunities to invest in wine as an asset class are soaring. With a little research and a little risk, wine enthusiasts on every level will find it possible to gain big rewards in wine investment -- and there's never been a better time to try. IGWs have dependably outperformed blue chip stocks over the past 150 years, and the upscale wine market is still an area in which independent investors can profit handsomely. A third-generation wine merchant, and CEO of one of the largest rare-wine companies in the world, David Sokolin knows how to turn fine wine into cold cash. And he knows how you can, too. In simple, practical terms, Investing in Liquid Assets provides all the information you need to understand the economic principles that govern the world of fine wine and take advantage of the resources currently available. Using his insider's expertise, Sokolin defines Investment-Grade Wine and identifies the most financially important wine regions and styles. Defining the key players in the field, Sokolin shows you how to navigate the world of wine critics and understand the impact of their scores, and he explains why it's perfectly fine that your own personal tastes really don't matter. He offers tips on where to find reputable sources for fine wine, how to manage storage and resale, as well as all-important buying and selling strategies. In the second half of the book, he gives overviews of the world's greatest wine regions and offers his predictions about which regions and which wines are likely to represent the greatest investment opportunities in the near future. Providing information and tactics previously known only to successful professionals, Investing in Liquid Assets turns your passion for fine wine into a valuable resource that will pay for itself.

Make Mead Like a Viking Book

Make Mead Like a Viking

  • Author : Jereme Zimmerman
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-10-15
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603585996

Make Mead Like a Viking Excerpt :

A complete guide to using the best ingredients and minimal equipment to create fun and flavorful brews Ancient societies brewed flavorful and healing meads, ales, and wines for millennia using only intuition, storytelling, and knowledge passed down through generations—no fancy, expensive equipment or degrees in chemistry needed. In Make Mead Like a Viking, homesteader, fermentation enthusiast, and self-described “Appalachian Yeti Viking” Jereme Zimmerman summons the bryggjemann of the ancient Norse to demonstrate how homebrewing mead—arguably the world’s oldest fermented alcoholic beverage—can be not only uncomplicated but fun. Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet, semi-sweet, and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian t’ej, flower and herbal meads, braggots, honey beers, country wines, and even Viking grog, opening the Mead Hall doors to further experimentation in fermentation and flavor. In addition, aspiring Vikings will explore: • The importance of local and unpasteurized honey for both flavor and health benefits; • Why modern homebrewing practices, materials, and chemicals work but aren’t necessary; • How to grow and harvest herbs and collect wild botanicals for use in healing, nutritious, and magical meads, beers, and wines; • Hops’ recent monopoly as a primary brewing ingredient and how to use botanicals other than hops for flavoring and preserving mead, ancient ales, and gruits; • The rituals, mysticism, and communion with nature that were integral components of ancient brewing and can be for modern homebrewers, as well; • Recommendations for starting a mead circle to share your wild meads with other brewers as part of the growing mead-movement subculture; and more! Whether you’ve been intimidated by modern homebrewing’s cost or seeming complexity in the past—and its focus on the use of unnatural chemicals—or are boldly looking to exp

Beer Book


  • Author : John W. Arthur
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2022
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780197579800

Beer Excerpt :

Introduction: Beer is food -- The diversity of beer production -- The Near East and East Asia : funerary stone pits, red-crown crane flutes, ancient hymns, and bear hunting rituals -- Africa : where beer feeds the living and the dead -- Europe : ancient Henge rituals, beer beakers, Celtic funerary urns, Vikings, and witchcraft -- Meso- and South America : runners, roads, and feasts -- Tapped out.

Brew Beer Like a Yeti Book

Brew Beer Like a Yeti

  • Author : Jereme Zimmerman
  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-09-13
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603587662

Brew Beer Like a Yeti Excerpt :

Experimentation, mystery, resourcefulness, and above all, fun—these are the hallmarks of brewing beer like a Yeti. Since the craft beer and homebrewing boom of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, beer lovers have enjoyed drinking and brewing a vast array of beer styles. However, most are brewed to accentuate a single ingredient—hops—and few contain the myriad herbs and spices that were standard in beer and gruit recipes from medieval times back to ancient people’s discovery that grain could be malted and fermented into beer. Like his first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, Jereme Zimmerman’s Brew Beer Like a Yeti returns to ancient practices and ingredients and brings storytelling, mysticism, and folklore back to the brewing process, including a broad range of ales, gruits, bragots, and other styles that have undeservingly taken a backseat to the IPA. Recipes inspired by traditions around the globe include sahti, gotlandsdricka, oak bark and mushroom ale, wassail, pawpaw wheat, chicha de muko, and even Neolithic “stone” beers. More importantly, under the guidance of “the world’s only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking,” readers will learn about the many ways to go beyond the pale ale, utilizing alternatives to standard grains, hops, and commercial yeasts to defy the strictures of style and design their own brews.

Alcohol and Humans Book

Alcohol and Humans

  • Author : Kimberley Hockings
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020-01-05
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198842460

Alcohol and Humans Excerpt :

Alcohol use has a long and ubiquitous history. The prevailing tendency to view alcohol merely as a 'social problem' or the popular notion that alcohol only serves to provide us with a 'hedonic' high, masks its importance in the social fabric of many human societies both past and present. To understand alcohol use, as a complex social practice that has been exploited by humans for thousands of years, requires cross-disciplinary insight from social/cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, psychologists, primatologists, and biologists. This multi-disciplinary volume examines the broad use of alcohol in the human lineage and its wider relationship to social contexts such as feasting, sacred rituals, and social bonding. Alcohol abuse is a small part of a much more complex and social pattern of widespread alcohol use by humans. This alone should prompt us to explore the evolutionary origins of this ancient practice and the socially functional reasons for its continued popularity. The objectives of this volume are: (1) to understand how and why nonhuman primates and other animals use alcohol in the wild, and its relevance to understanding the social consumption of alcohol in humans; (2) to understand the social function of alcohol in human prehistory; (3) to understand the sociocultural significance of alcohol across human societies; and (4) to explore the social functions of alcohol consumption in contemporary society. 'Alcohol in Humans' will be fascinating reading for those in the fields of biology, psychology, anthropology, archaeology, as well as those with a broader interest in addiction.

Wine and Place Book

Wine and Place

  • Author : Tim Patterson
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520277007

Wine and Place Excerpt :

The concept of terroir is one of the most celebrated and controversial subjects in wine today. Most will agree that well-made wine has the capacity to express “somewhereness,” a set of consistent aromatics, flavors, or textures that amount to a signature expression of place. But for every advocate there is a skeptic, and for every writer singing praises related to terroir there is a study or a detractor seeking to debunk terroir as a myth. Wine and Place examines terroir using a multitude of voices and multiple points of view—from science to literature, from winemakers to wine critics—seeking not to prove its veracity but to explore its pros, its cons, and its other aspects. This comprehensive anthology lets the reader come to one's own conclusion about terroir.

The Drunken Monkey Book

The Drunken Monkey

  • Author : Robert Dudley
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-01
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520958173

The Drunken Monkey Excerpt :

Alcoholism, as opposed to the safe consumption of alcohol, remains a major public health issue. In this accessible book, Robert Dudley presents an intriguing evolutionary interpretation to explain the persistence of alcohol-related problems. Providing a deep-time, interdisciplinary perspective on today’s patterns of alcohol consumption and abuse, Dudley traces the link between the fruit-eating behavior of arboreal primates and the evolution of the sensory skills required to identify ripe and fermented fruits that contain sugar and low levels of alcohol. In addition to introducing this new theory of the relationship of humans to alcohol, the book discusses the supporting research, implications of the hypothesis, and the medical and social impacts of alcoholism. The Drunken Monkey is designed for interested readers, scholars, and students in comparative and evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, medicine, and public health.

Cured  Smoked  and Fermented Book

Cured Smoked and Fermented

  • Author : Helen Saberi
  • Publisher : Oxford Symposium
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 9781903018859

Cured Smoked and Fermented Excerpt :

Essays on cured, smoked, and fermented foods from the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cooking, 2010.

In Memory of Bread Book
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

In Memory of Bread

  • Author : Paul Graham
  • Publisher : Clarkson Potter
  • Release Date : 2016-06-07
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804186889

In Memory of Bread Excerpt :

The funny, poignant memoir of one man’s struggle to come to terms with his celiac diagnosis, forcing him to reexamine his relationship with food. When Paul Graham was suddenly diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of thirty-six, he was forced to say goodbye to traditional pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and more. Gone, too, were some of his favorite hobbies, including brewing beer with a buddy and gorging on his wife’s homemade breads. Struggling to understand why he and so many others had become allergic to wheat, barley, rye, oats, and other dietary staples, Graham researched the production of modern wheat and learned that not only has the grain been altered from ancestral varieties but it’s also commonly added to thousands of processed foods. In writing that is effortless and engaging, Paul explores why incidence of the disease is on the rise while also grappling with an identity crisis—given that all his favorite pastimes involved wheat in some form. His honest, unflinching, and at times humorous journey towards health and acceptance makes an inspiring read.

A Short History of Drunkenness Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

A Short History of Drunkenness

  • Author : Mark Forsyth
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2017-11-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780241980101

A Short History of Drunkenness Excerpt :

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.