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Citrus: A History Hardcover – Illustrated, Nov. 6 2007

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Chicago Press; Illustrated edition (Nov. 6 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 262 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0226470261
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0226470269
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 522 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.29 x 22.86 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

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"Did you know there are a billion citrus trees under cultivation, or that grapefruit juice may potentiate the effects of Viagra? Citrus mines over two millennia of history to explore the spread of these fruits out of Asia, their commercialisation in the United States, and [their] enduring symbolism the world over."
New Scientist

"A short but brilliant account of 6,000 years of citrus fruits that should be devoured with fervour."
Financial Times

"Laszlo is what Dr. Doolittle called a good noticer, a connoisseur of life's quirks and particularities, of all that is glorious in the everyday. . . . Altogether charming, eccentric, erudite, and definitely worth the price."
-- Sheila Dillon ― Times Higher Education

"Stimulating. . . . Laszlo, a retired French chemist, takes us on a journey from the orangeries of Versailles, via the limes of the Royal Navy to the citriculture of modern Florida. It was only in the 1920s, he tells us, that orange juice became ‘an integral part of the American breakfast,’ after the great flu epidemic of 1918-19. Laszlo shows that the citrus fruit ‘is a treasure trove of chemicals that are highly useful to humankind’—which also happens to taste wonderful."
-- Bee Wilson ― Sunday Times (UK)

"A nicely produced hardback with colour plates, which will entertain foodies and culturally replete retirees with time on their hands. Laszlo . . . provides a colorful global history of citrus and citriculture as well as presenting a variety of delicious recipes."
The Age

"Looks at the widespread availability of citrus fruits as an example of how foodstuffs have been propagated around the world. . . . Should help any experimental scientist to become a better cook."
-- Peter Barhamn ― Nature

"Laszlo colorfully unpacks the cultural, economic, and gastronomic significance of the long-sought-after citrus fruits. It is a labor of love for Laszlo, a chemist whose gift for storytelling extends to the molecular level."
-- Danielle Maestretti ― Utne Review

About the Author

Pierre Laszlo is professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Liège and the École Polytechnique. He is the author of numerous works, among them Salt: Grain of Life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written in short story style so each theme complete
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Sour History
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2.0 out of 5 stars A grab-bag of snippets padded with personal anecdotes
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