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Lemon: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible)

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You can squeeze them, zest them, slice them, juice them, or even pickle them, but few would dare to take a bite out of a lemon. Vital for making drinks and adding flavor to food, this sour fruit has many other purposes, from aromatherapy, first aid, and medicine to disinfectant and stain remover. Drawing on her background as a fruit picker, writer, and chef, Toby Sonneman explores the uses of lemons while telling the fascinating story of their remarkable adventures in Lemon: A Global History.
 
Sonneman begins in India where the lemon was born, describing its fragrant and mysterious ancestor, the citron. She follows it as it travelled with Arabs along ancient trade routes, came of age in Sicily and Italy, and sailed to the New World with Columbus. She reveals that the lemon was an exotic luxury in seventeenth-century Europe, until it saved the lives of thousands of sailors in the British Royal Navy after being recognized as a cure for scurvy. The last century saw the lemon’s rise to commercial and culinary success as well as the discovery of the Meyer lemon—a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin—in China by an eccentric plant explorer. Sonneman also journeys to lemon orchards in Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, and Southern California. With delicious recipes for sweet and savory dishes and beverages, there is nothing sour about this lively, refreshing book.

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You can squeeze it, zest it, slice it, juice it, pickle it, or even take a bite out of it as Sicilians do. Adding freshness and flavor to food and drinks, this versatile sour fruit, also known for resolving diverse health and household troubles, has long been considered vital to Mediterranean and European cookery and cuisine.

  

Lemon: A Global History tells the story of the remarkable adventure of the lemon, starting with its fragrant and mysterious ancestor, the citron, adored by the Greeks and Romans for its fine perfume and sacred to many of the world’s great religions. The lemon traveled with Arabs along ancient trade routes, came of age in Sicily and Italy, and sailed to the New World with Columbus. It was an exotic luxury in seventeenth-century Europe and later went on to save the lives of thousands of sailors in the British Royal Navy after being recognized as a cure for scurvy. The last century saw the lemon’s rise to commercial success in a California citrus empire as well as the discovery of new varieties. This book also includes delicious recipes for sweet and savory dishes and beverages.

About the Author

Toby Sonneman teaches journalism and English at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Fragrance of Lemons

1. Origins and Obsessions

2. Sicily: Arab Mediterranean

3. Exotic Treasure

4. The Lemon Cure

5. Lemonade

6. To and From the Golden State

7. At Home and In the World

Recipes

References

Select Bibliography

Websites and Associations

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780230344
Author:
Sonneman, Toby
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Historical Food and Cooking
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 20 halftones
Pages:
141
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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You can squeeze it, zest it, slice it, juice it, pickle it, or even take a bite out of it as Sicilians do. Adding freshness and flavor to food and drinks, this versatile sour fruit, also known for resolving diverse health and household troubles, has long been considered vital to Mediterranean and European cookery and cuisine.

  

Lemon: A Global History tells the story of the remarkable adventure of the lemon, starting with its fragrant and mysterious ancestor, the citron, adored by the Greeks and Romans for its fine perfume and sacred to many of the world’s great religions. The lemon traveled with Arabs along ancient trade routes, came of age in Sicily and Italy, and sailed to the New World with Columbus. It was an exotic luxury in seventeenth-century Europe and later went on to save the lives of thousands of sailors in the British Royal Navy after being recognized as a cure for scurvy. The last century saw the lemon’s rise to commercial success in a California citrus empire as well as the discovery of new varieties. This book also includes delicious recipes for sweet and savory dishes and beverages.

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