This book starts out slowly but soon I was drawn into the spirit of adventure Adam Gollner showed in just writing this book. Now, the fresh berry itself is different. After , these ovules will become seeds. An intrepid journalist and keen observer of nature -- both human and botanical -- Adam Leith Gollner has written a vivid tale of horticultural obsession. In contrast, is often referred to as a fruit, because it is used to make sweet desserts such as , though only the leaf stalk of the rhubarb plant is edible, and edible seeds are often given fruit names, e. Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world with mangoes that taste like piña coladas, orange cloudberries, peanut butter fruits, and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade.
Some other fruits that can disperse via water are and. Simple fruits can be either dry or fleshy, and result from the ripening of a simple or compound ovary in a flower with only one. Peopled with a varied and bizarre cast of characters - from smugglers to explorers to inventors - this extraordinary book unveils the hidden universe of fruit. Since other parts of the flower may contribute to the structure of the fruit, it is important to study flower structure to understand how a particular fruit forms. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. Unfortunately, in his effort to include as many facts and people in the book as possible, the author has completely neglected any kind of organization or narrative flow. Adam Leith Gollner is the author of The Book of Immortality and The Fruit Hunters.
It revealed to me the many varieties of fruit, the multitude of flavors that can result from eating, the business of selling fruit and all sorts of things. In lustrous prose, Adam Leith Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world with mangoes that taste like piña coladas, orange cloudberries, peanut butter fruits and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour to sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade. But Gollner or his editor should do some pruning on his next book. Botanically, a grain, such as , , or , is also a kind of fruit, termed a. An expedition through the fascinating world of fruit, The Fruit Hunters is the engrossing story of some of Earth's most desired foods. In some multiseeded fruits, the extent to which the flesh develops is proportional to the number of fertilized ovules. Adam Gollner, our guest, author of The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession.
The first half of the book revolves around history, botany and travel. The description of the worldwide fruit trade -- smuggling, pests, legal restrictions, industrial espionage -- was much more interesting than it sounds. Its a fun and enlightening read listen. This is one of those books where you suddenly realize again just how odd some of the people on this planet are. The relationship of fruit, its cultivation, superstition, and world history was eye opening. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear.
Maybe a sentence or two like this, for seasoning, would liven a book. Accessory fruit can be simple, aggregate, or multiple, i. 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. . The entire third section of the book I almost could not read as it was a urban myth-laden fruit-Mafia wonderland of false tails.
Gollner examines the fruits we eat and explains why we eat them the scientific, economic and aesthetic reasons ; traces the life of mass-produced fruits how they are created, grown and marketed and explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored and even forbidden in the Western world. It's a bit of an onslaught at times. But -- to use a non-fruity metaphor -- they're stuck in the clotted prose, and it's hard to get them out. About this Item: Scribner, 2008. I had no idea how many items I consider not-fruits actually are fruits. It is genetic, physical — an exquisite sensitivity of tongue, nose and eye.
An inspector watches each bunch as it comes aboard. Queen Victoria is said to have offered knighthood to anyone who brought her fresh mangosteens from Asia. So, that's the down side. This book is certainly in that style. Like many other books of its kind, The Fruit Hunters takes a seemingly mundane object and exposes the history, science, politics, and personalities behind it. There's an interesting, focused book in here somewhere, but you have to wade through a lot of excess material to find it. About this Item: Anchor Canada.
A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Within twelve hours, ten million bananas have been taken aboard, and the ship is on its way to the United States. I rarely abandon a book, but after 100 pages of what was essentially a rambling recitation of facts about fruit, I gave up. In lustrous prose, Adam Leith Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world with mangoes that taste like piña coladas, orange cloudberries, peanut butter fruits and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour to sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade. Gollner examines the fruits we eat and explains why we eat them the scientific, economic and aesthetic reasons ; traces the life of mass-produced fruits how they are created, grown and marketed and explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored and even forbidden in the Western world.
Most frustrating of all is that this is really close to being a very good book. In some species, seedlessness is the result of , where fruits set without fertilization. The fruits of the family , including , , , and are a syncarpous fleshy fruit, a simple fruit, developing from a half-inferior ovary. Safety For , the recommends proper fruit handling and preparation to reduce the risk of and. There were so many interesting facts about fruit that I didn't know about, or even thought about, or even realized that I should have thought about. He traces the life of mass-produced fruits — how they are created, grown, and marketed, and he explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored, and even forbidden in the Western world. The book won the 2013 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction.