Proof: The Science of Booze

Proof: The Science of Booze is one of the most engaging books published on potables this past year. Adam Rogers, articles editor at Wired magazine, works from the premise that an ability to create and enjoy alcohol is what makes us human. He takes on the science of alcohol, starting with yeast and ending on the inevitable hangover, presenting a vast amount of disparate information in a way that’s accessible and entertaining for a general reader—and allows aficionados the ability to dive deeper. His enthusiasm comes through clearly as he peppers the scientific research with personal anecdotes, history and philosophy. It’s is a fast-paced read, sure to leave you with a greater appreciation for distilled and fermented beverages.

by Adam Rogers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, $26)

Reviewed in W&S February 2015.