Patrick E. McGovern is Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. His books include Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture, the 2004 Grand Prize winner in History, Literature, and Fine Arts, Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin. McGovern's research on the origins of alcoholic beverages has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Nature, and elsewhere.
“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
“In this engaging book, Patrick McGovern gives us a world tour of the origins of alcoholic beverages.” - John Gava, Law Society Journal
“Highly informative and challenging.” - California Grapevine
"A remarkable book, both erudite and entertaining.” - Gastronomica