Very brief coverage of blood oranges A great gift for foodies Good history of the citrus industry in the US jumps around a lot though Just started to read this week The narrative seems a little scattered I think because the memoir aspect keeps getting tangled up with the history part In the end it wasn t what I expected and while there were nuggets of interesting facts I didn t feel like digging through the text to find them A fascinating look at the chemistry economics history and politics of citriculture Lazslo is a chemist and we learn about such things as geraniol and terpineol and limonen however he Walk into our local grocery store and down the produce aisle and The Destruction of Jerusalem An Absolute and Irresistible Proof of the Divine Origin of Christianity you’ll find a dazzling array of citrus from navel oranges and clementines to grapefruit and key limes and sometimes even exotic fare like the Japaneseuzu or the baboon lemon Nearly 100 million tons of citrus are produced globally every ear but where did these fruits first come from How did they find their way into the Western world And how did they become both a culinary and cultural phenomenon Pierre Laszlo here traces the spectacular rise and spread of citrus across the globe from Southeast Asia in 4000 BC through North Africa and the Roman Empire to early modern Spain and Portugal whose explorers introduced the fruit.
Lso supplies recipes for fried oranges key lime pie and the incomparable Brazilian drink the caipirinha The narrative thrust is not strong and there is some loss of the main story in the anecdotes but over all I enjoyed it Picking it up and reading chapters between others books is a good way to read it Extremely disappointing First of his writing style was overly florid and annoying for my tastes so I was inclined to less than love the book simply because of that but I am a sucker for a well researched history book so I could have easily overlooked my stylistic preferences in favour of an illuminating read Alas. S to the Americas during the 1500s Blending scientific rigor with personal curiosity Citrus ransacks over two millennia of world history exploring the numerous roles that citrus has played in agriculture horticulture cooking nutrition religion and art from the Jewish feast of the Tabernacles through the gardens and courts of Versailles to the canvasses of Vincent van Gogh to the orange groves of southern California and the juicing industry of today“Laszlo has approached the lore of citrus fruit with the élan of a master chef the man is French after all mixing history economics biology and chemistry to produce a book that will bring a smile to readers of every taste” Natural History “Altogether charmi.
I didn t get that either The book is not a coherent linear narrative at all Instead the book is divided into chapters that focus on one aspect of citrus and it s re Plenty of interesting information but a bit of a dry read I read this for a botany class I m taking and the book is surprisingly interesting It s of a story a conversation about citrus instead of just straight facts or growing information The author throws in some autobiographical details since he has travelled a lot and has first hand knowledge of some of this stuff but it s never so much that I was annoyed Overall a fun little read about citrus. Ng eccentric erudite and definitely worth the price” Times Higher Education Supplement “Stimulating Laszlo shows that the citrus fruit ‘is a treasure trove of chemicals that are highly useful to humankind’ which also happens to taste wonderful” Sunday Times UK “A short but brilliant account of 6000 ears of citrus fruits that should be devoured with fervor” Financial Times “Did ou 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 commercialization in the United States and enduring symbolism the world over” New Scientist.
Pierre Laszlo né à Alger le 15 août 1938 est un chimiste françaisIl a enseigné aux États Unis en France et en Belgiue Son domaine de recherche est la catalyse de réactions organiues sur des supports inorganiues tels ue les argiles C'est aussi un expert de l'analyse par résonance magnétiue nucléaire du 13C; spectroscopie RMN Il est l'auteur de nombreux ouvrages destinés à l'enseigneme