Apple: A Global History

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Reaktion Books, Oct 15, 2011 - Cooking - 132 pages
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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 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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Contents

Introduction
7
1 From Almaty to America
10
2 Food of Legend
28
3 Cider
52
4 Wholesome Apple
69
5 Global Apple
77
Picking the Perfect Apple
100
Recipes
109
Select Bibliography
121
Websites and Associations
124
Acknowledgements
126
Photo Acknowledgements
127
Index
128
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Erika Janik lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and works as a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.

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