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Lemon: A Global History Hardcover – Sep 15 2012

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  • Hardcover: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (Sept. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780230346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780230344
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,145,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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

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4.0 out of 5 stars An agreeable and quick read about lemons. Feb. 28 2015
By lyndonbrecht - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an agreeable read, more like an illustrated essay than a book. The writing is a bit breezy but solid, the research seems good and the illustrations are as usual in the series, excellent. Sonneman traces the lemon's ancestry to the citron, which apparently the Greeks and Romans loved. Interesting (to me, anyway) is the importance of Arab Sicily in bringing lemons to Europe; We tend to forget how much Arab knowledge passed into European culture (Arabic numerals, algebra for example) and this is another case of it.

The chapters include Origins and Obsessions; Sicily, Arab Mediterranean; Exotic treasure; The Lemon Cure; Lemonade; To and From the Golden State; At Home and in the World. There are recipes. Among the tidbits of information is the role of lemons in stopping scurvy, that for so long debilitated sailors; selection and development of lemon varieties; lemons in several cuisines.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lemon! Oct. 28 2012
By Iowa Doris - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great story for anyone who likes food and history. I bought 4 more for gifts. A tour d'force by a fine writer. Bob Kremenak
5.0 out of 5 stars An excllent reading experience Dec 7 2015
By Steve Sanger - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wide-ranging, well written.