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

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Doubleday Canada, May 14, 2010 - Cooking - 288 pages
Tasty, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal – fruits have led nations into wars, fueled dictatorships, and even lured us into new worlds. Adam Leith Gollner weaves business, science, and travel into a riveting narrative about one of earth’s most desired foods.

Readers will discover why even though countless exotic fruits exist in nature, only several dozen varieties are vailable in supermarkets. Gollner explores the political machinations of multinational fruit corporations, exposing the hidden alliances between agribusiness and government and what that means for public health. 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.

Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world with mangoes that taste like piņa coladas, orange cloudberries, peanut butter fruits, and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade. Peopled with a varied and bizarre cast of characters – from smugglers to explorers to inventors – this extraordinary book unveils the hidden universe of fruit.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

There's a lot of fascinating information in this wildly discursive book. There's also a fair bit of meandering and repetition, which knocked my rating down some. It's worth a look but might be better skimmed than read. Read full review

THE FRUIT HUNTERS: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession

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Admitting that he has gone "off the deep end trying to get to the core," Gourmet and Bon Appetit contributor Gollner offers an informative, enlightening account of fruits and their role in human life ... Read full review


PrologueBlame It on Brazil
IntroductionThe Fruit Underworld
What Is a Fruit?
2Hawaiian Ultraexotics
3How Fruits Shaped Us
4The Rare Fruit Council International
From Grapples to Gojis
The Story of the Miracle Fruit
The Geopolitics of Sweetness
12Permanent Global Summertime
The Passion of the Fruit
14The Case of the Fruit Detective
15Making Contact with the Otherworld

5Into Borneo
6The Fruitarians
7The Lady Fruit
The Fruitleggers
Or the Fever of Creation
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Adam Leith Gollner has traveled around the globe to report on the fruit underworld. He’s written for The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Good Magazine. The former editor of Vice Magazine, he is also a musician. The Fruit Hunters is his first book. He lives in Montreal and Los Angeles.

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