The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization

Nicholas P Money (Author)

Product Details

Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
January 29, 2018
5.7 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Nicholas P. Money is Western Program Director and Professor of Botany at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Nicholas P. Money is an expert on fungal growth and reproduction. Nicholas has authored a number of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the fungi and other microorganisms including Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists (OUP, 2002), and The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes (OUP, 2014).


"The Rise of Yeast manages to effortlessly blend popular and technical science writing... Highly recommended." -- CHOICE

"Botanist Nicholas Money's effervescent tour is packed with delights, such as illustrations by Charles Tulasne, the "Audubon of fungi," or the revelation that yeasts and humans share a common ancestor (and hundreds of genes)." -- Barbara Kiser, Nature

"Yeast rises our bread, ferments our beer, wine, and spirits, perfumes our fruit, nourishes our bodies, makes us bold in love, foments chaos, powers our cars, and unlocks the soul. We humans tend to think that we rule the earth, but the evidence on our behalf is scant. This fascinating book unlocks the mysteries of our world's true masters, which were here before we walked, will be here when we're gone, and, in the meantime, help make our time on the planet a lot more fun and infinitely more delicious." -- Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Companion to Beer

"Wildly entertaining, extremely interesting, educational and a joy to read." -- Elentarri's Book Blog

"An amazing story, about an amazing people-non-person relationship (and by an amazing writer): Surely, Money's The Rise of Yeast is destined to be a classic -- and a thoroughly deserving award-winner!" -- Botany One

"The Rise of Yeast is a neat little book that elegantly covers a lot of ground... [It] gives many reasons why you should care more about little single-celled fungi." -- Leon Vlieger, NHBS