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A Natural History of Beer

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A Natural History of Beer

By  Rob DeSalle , Ian Tattersall , Illustrated By  Patricia J. Wynne
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A celebration of beer—its science, its history, and its impact on human culture
 
“Curatorial eminences Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall serve up a potent scientific brew. . . .  A marvellous paean to the pint, and to the researchers probing its depths.”—Barbara Kiser, Nature
 
“Forced to choose between this book and a pint of hazy IPA, I would be at a loss. Better to consume them at the same time—both will go down easily, and leave you in an improved condition.”—Bill McKibben
 
What can beer teach us about biology, history, and the natural world? From ancient Mesopotamian fermentation practices to the resurgent American craft brewery, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall peruse the historical record and traverse the globe for engaging and often surprising stories about beer. They explain how we came to drink beer, what ingredients combine to give beers their distinctive flavors, how beer’s chemistry works at the molecular level, and how various societies have regulated the production and consumption of beer.
 
Drawing from such diverse subject areas as animal behavior, ecology, history, archaeology, chemistry, sociology, law, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, and more, DeSalle and Tattersall entertain and inform with    their engaging stories of beer throughout human history and the science behind it all. Readers are invited to grab a beer and explore the fascinating history of its creation.

Rob DeSalle is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. Ian Tattersall is curator emeritus, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History.

ISBN: 9780300264685

ISBN-10: 9780300264685

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 04/26/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/26/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 256

Language: English

Categories

Cooking / Beverages / Alcoholic / Beer

History / Social History

Cooking / Reference

Nature / Plants

Science / Chemistry

History / World