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The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession

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This vivid and unforgettable expedition through the world of exotic fruit, from an author with “the talents of a food writer, investigative journalist, poet, travel writer, and humorist” (The New York Times Book Review), is being made into a documentary starring Bill Pullman.

Delicious, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal, fruits have led nations to war, fueled dictatorships, and lured people into new worlds. In lustrous prose, Adam Leith Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world—mangoes that taste like piña coladas, peanut butter fruits, and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour to sweet—and brilliantly weaves together business, science, travel, and food into a riveting narrative.

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. Peopled with a cast of characters as varied and bizarre as the fruit it discussess—smugglers, inventors, explorers, and epicures—this extraordinary book can “fill a thousand and one summer nights with delightful reading” (The Miami Herald).

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A vivid and unforgettable expedition through the world of exotic fruit, The Fruit Hunters is the engrossing story of some of Earth’s most desired foods told by an intrepid journalist and keen observer of nature—both human and botanical.

Delicious, lethal, hallucinogenic and medicinal, fruits have led nations to war, fueled dictatorships and lured people into new worlds. Adam 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. Peopled with a cast of characters as varied and bizarre as the fruit it discusses—smugglers, inventors, explorers and epicures—this extraordinary book can “fill a thousand and one summer nights with delightful reading” (The Miami Herald ).

Synopsis:

This vivid and unforgettable expedition through the world of exotic fruit, from an author with “the talents of a food writer, investigative journalist, poet, travel writer, and humorist” (The New York Times Book Review), is being made into a documentary starring Bill Pullman.

Delicious, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal, fruits have led nations to war, fueled dictatorships, and lured people into new worlds. In lustrous prose, Adam Leith Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world—mangoes that taste like piña coladas, peanut butter fruits, and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour to sweet—and brilliantly weaves together business, science, travel, and food into a riveting narrative.

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. Peopled with a cast of characters as varied and bizarre as the fruit it discussess—smugglers, inventors, explorers, and epicures—this extraordinary book can “fill a thousand and one summer nights with delightful reading” (The Miami Herald).

About the Author

Adam Leith Gollner has written for The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, The Globe and Mail, and Good magazine. The former editor of Vice Magazine, he is also a musician and filmmaker. He lives in Montreal and Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476704999
Author:
Gollner, Adam Leith
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Botany-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.38 x 5.5 in

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Product details 304 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781476704999 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A vivid and unforgettable expedition through the world of exotic fruit, The Fruit Hunters is the engrossing story of some of Earth’s most desired foods told by an intrepid journalist and keen observer of nature—both human and botanical.

Delicious, lethal, hallucinogenic and medicinal, fruits have led nations to war, fueled dictatorships and lured people into new worlds. Adam 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. Peopled with a cast of characters as varied and bizarre as the fruit it discusses—smugglers, inventors, explorers and epicures—this extraordinary book can “fill a thousand and one summer nights with delightful reading” (The Miami Herald ).

"Synopsis" by , This vivid and unforgettable expedition through the world of exotic fruit, from an author with “the talents of a food writer, investigative journalist, poet, travel writer, and humorist” (The New York Times Book Review), is being made into a documentary starring Bill Pullman.

Delicious, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal, fruits have led nations to war, fueled dictatorships, and lured people into new worlds. In lustrous prose, Adam Leith Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world—mangoes that taste like piña coladas, peanut butter fruits, and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour to sweet—and brilliantly weaves together business, science, travel, and food into a riveting narrative.

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. Peopled with a cast of characters as varied and bizarre as the fruit it discussess—smugglers, inventors, explorers, and epicures—this extraordinary book can “fill a thousand and one summer nights with delightful reading” (The Miami Herald).

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