But most of us never truly appreciate the bounty of nature's sweetness. Today there are an estimated 240,000 to 500,000 fruit-bearing plant species with perhaps 70,000 to 80,000 of these being edible. We speak with Montreal-based writer Adam Leith Gollner about his new book, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession. Gollner himself was only awakened to the cornucopia of fruity delights that never make it to our supermarkets while on holiday in Brazil. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Explain the story of aspartame and our former secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
Yes, there is a further reading section, but no citation for any of the facts the author presents. About this Item: New York : Scribner, 2008. This is a sweet listen. The relationship of fruit, its cultivation, superstition, and world history was eye opening. I read the final page excited by the thought that I could eat a different sort of apple introduced to Britain by the Romans every day for the rest of my life and still not taste every variety.
She's joking, though, because she like me appreciates knowing about ways we may be damaging or helping the earth that's the larger issue we were talking about. Adam Leith Gollner is the author of The Book of Immortality and The Fruit Hunters. Peopled with a varied and bizarre cast of characters - from smugglers to explorers to inventors - this extraordinary book unveils the hidden universe of fruit. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. But sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph.
The subject matter is fascinating and the author clearly did a great deal of research. Fruits and vegetables that are not going to be cooked should be thrown away if they have touched raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs. About this Item: Scribner, 2008. The spine may show signs of wear. The spine may show signs of wear.
While the documentary is bright and colorful and full of useful information as well as some embellishment about the history and future of fruit, the book would definitely benefit from some fact-checking. Out of hundreds of audiobooks that I have listened to, this will be perhaps only the second that I simply cannot finish. From starting seeds, taking cuttings or hunting through every nursery, local or abroad, I collect plants, with an emphasis on fruiting of course. In that regard, it's a bit torturous. Edible fruits, in particular, have propagated with the movements of humans and animals in a as a means for and ; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food. If he thinks a bunch will ripen too soon, it is taken off and used locally.
He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail, Saveur, Good, and Lucky Peach, among others. People who are passionate about fruits — hunters, cultivators, smugglers — are often as eccentric as their quarry. And even the artificial sweetening industry was very concerned about this threat of this small red berry. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Fruits and vegetables should be kept separate from raw foods like meat, poultry, and seafood, as well as from utensils that have come in contact with raw foods.
I did stick with this book to the end, and I was encouraged that after spending the last century cultivating fruit for abundant yields and to be easy to pick by machines, travel long distances and look unblemished, commercial agriculture is finally focusing on developing fruits that taste good. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. Scurrilous health food claims are nothing new, but Gollner unearths an attempt to sell condoms dipped in pomegranate juice as an H. Storage All fruits benefit from proper post harvest care, and in many fruits, the plant hormone causes. He came under fire for accepting corporate donations and corporate gifts.
Stephen Hoyes narration style is absolutely perfect for this book. In , a fruit is the -bearing structure in also known as angiosperms formed from the after. However, the idea of an entire book devoted to fruits seemed interesting enough to me to merit reading. In some multiseeded fruits, the extent to which the flesh develops is proportional to the number of fertilized ovules. Or, more banally, Did he get it wrong? In lustrous prose, Adam Leith Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world with mangoes that taste like piÃ±a coladas, orange cloudberries, peanut butter fruits and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour to sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade. The Fruit Hunters: a Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession by Adam Leith Gollner 280pp, Souvenir, £18. Almost makes me feel normal.
It seemed excessive to reiterate basically the same thing time and again. When the author is able to tear himself away from simply listing fact after fact after fact and actually writes, you get a glimpse of what the book could have been. This book is written like the author wasn't confident the material could stand on its own merits. Gollner traveled around the world in search of what he calls the forgotten histories of fruit. While each chapter ostensibly has a single topic, the jumble of science, travelogue, interview, and introspection is dense and sometimes boring.
Just piles and piles of minutiae and not a lot to tie them together in a meaningful and interesting way. Peopled with a cast of characters as varied and bizarre as the fruit -- smugglers, inventors, explorers and epicures -- this extraordinary book unveils the mysterious universe of fruit, from the jungles of Borneo to the prized orchards of Florida's fruit hunters to American supermarkets. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Many of the facts are presented without context or follow up; the author has peaked the reader's curiosity, but he's too busy zooming on through his list of facts to stop and satisfy it. As a fruit lover, I was disappointed by this audiobook.