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Gravenstein. Coe’s Golden Drop. Mendocino Cox. The names sound like something from the imagination of Tolkien or perhaps the ingredients in a dubious magical potion rather than what they are—varieties of apples. But as befits their enchanting names, apples have transfixed and beguiled humans for thousands of years.  Apple: A Global History explores the cultural and culinary Gravenstein. Coe’s Golden Drop. Mendocino Cox. The names sound like something from the imagination of Tolkien or perhaps the ingredients in a dubious magical potion rather than what they are—varieties of apples. But as befits their enchanting names, apples have transfixed and beguiled humans for thousands of years.  Apple: A Global History explores the cultural and culinary importance of a fruit born in the mountains of Kazakhstan that has since traversed the globe to become a favorite almost everywhere. From the Garden of Eden and Homer’s Odyssey to Johnny Appleseed, William Tell, and even Apple Computer, Erika Janik shows how apples have become a universal source of sustenance, health, and symbolism from ancient times to the present day. Featuring many mouthwatering illustrations, this exploration of the planet’s most popular fruit includes a guide to selecting the best apples, in addition to apple recipes from around the world, including what is believed to be the first recorded apple recipe from Roman gourmand Marcus Apicius. And Janik doesn’t let us forget that apples are not just good eating; their juice also makes for good drinking—as the history of cider in North America and Europe attests. Janik grew up surrounded by apple iconography in Washington, the “apple state,” so there is no better author to tell this fascinating story. Readers will eat up this surprising and entertaining tale of a fruit intricately linked to human history.


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Gravenstein. Coe’s Golden Drop. Mendocino Cox. The names sound like something from the imagination of Tolkien or perhaps the ingredients in a dubious magical potion rather than what they are—varieties of apples. But as befits their enchanting names, apples have transfixed and beguiled humans for thousands of years.  Apple: A Global History explores the cultural and culinary Gravenstein. Coe’s Golden Drop. Mendocino Cox. The names sound like something from the imagination of Tolkien or perhaps the ingredients in a dubious magical potion rather than what they are—varieties of apples. But as befits their enchanting names, apples have transfixed and beguiled humans for thousands of years.  Apple: A Global History explores the cultural and culinary importance of a fruit born in the mountains of Kazakhstan that has since traversed the globe to become a favorite almost everywhere. From the Garden of Eden and Homer’s Odyssey to Johnny Appleseed, William Tell, and even Apple Computer, Erika Janik shows how apples have become a universal source of sustenance, health, and symbolism from ancient times to the present day. Featuring many mouthwatering illustrations, this exploration of the planet’s most popular fruit includes a guide to selecting the best apples, in addition to apple recipes from around the world, including what is believed to be the first recorded apple recipe from Roman gourmand Marcus Apicius. And Janik doesn’t let us forget that apples are not just good eating; their juice also makes for good drinking—as the history of cider in North America and Europe attests. Janik grew up surrounded by apple iconography in Washington, the “apple state,” so there is no better author to tell this fascinating story. Readers will eat up this surprising and entertaining tale of a fruit intricately linked to human history.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Edible books try to cover nearly every aspect of a food in about 100 pages. Some are more successful than others. Janik tries, but there's simply too much information about apples to get anything like decent coverage in so few pages. But it's still a fairly interesting read, and especially suited for those who aren't going to be bothered by how briefly nearly every topic is covered. Edible books try to cover nearly every aspect of a food in about 100 pages. Some are more successful than others. Janik tries, but there's simply too much information about apples to get anything like decent coverage in so few pages. But it's still a fairly interesting read, and especially suited for those who aren't going to be bothered by how briefly nearly every topic is covered.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    One of the best installments in the Edible series so far - clear, concise, informative, and wonderfully entertaining.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ietrio

    What's a hungry writer wannabie to do? Write on spec. This is the opposite of The New Book of Apples: The Definitive Guide to Over 2,000 Varieties. Some information. Some legend. And some recipes to fill up the space between the covers. What's a hungry writer wannabie to do? Write on spec. This is the opposite of The New Book of Apples: The Definitive Guide to Over 2,000 Varieties. Some information. Some legend. And some recipes to fill up the space between the covers.

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