Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible

Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible

by Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler
     
 

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A remarkable collaboration of nature, art and photography, celebrating the beauty of fruit.

The landmark books Seeds and Pollen were published in 2006 to rave reviews-with adjectives ranging from "breathtaking" to "spectacular," from "spellbinding" to "dazzling."

This companion title examines why fruits exist and how their short lives

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A remarkable collaboration of nature, art and photography, celebrating the beauty of fruit.

The landmark books Seeds and Pollen were published in 2006 to rave reviews-with adjectives ranging from "breathtaking" to "spectacular," from "spellbinding" to "dazzling."

This companion title examines why fruits exist and how their short lives are critical to the natural order. Visual artist Rob Kesseler uses special light and scanning electron microscopy to create astonishing images of a variety of fruits and the seeds they shelter. His razor-sharp cross-sections reveal intricate interiors and pods, pouches, keys, nuts and other examples of botanical architecture. Seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy deftly explains the formation, development and demise of fruit. Literary, historical and artistic references to fruit are included as well.

Fruit is groundbreaking in its intimate examination of plant reproduction. An essential source and reference for artists, designers and gardeners, this stunning book will fascinate any reader interested in the natural world and biological structures.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“…microscopic cross-sections focused on fruit, seeds and nature's seed dispersers from the toucan to the fruit bat. Exhaustive scientific text.”—Associated Press
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Chris Smith
Rob Kesseler's digital photographs are extraordinary. Every hair, scale and targeted structure is crystal clear... Simply as art, the book could stand alone. But the reader is in luck. Those marvelous photographs accompany a fascinating text.
About.com Books Review: Trees and Shrubs
Fruit is an amazing book. Suitable as a coffee table book, it is full of vibrant photographs and informative explanations on the nature of fruit. I simply love this book. I believe that Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible by Wolfgang Stuppy & Rob Kesseler is now one of my favorite nonficfion books of all time. The highlight of this fascinating book [is] the photographs. Rob Kesseler used special lighting and scanning electronic microscopy to create the magic that populates the pages... I couldn't put the book down -- I was fascinated by the vibrant images... I would give Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible 10+ star if possible. The pictures are captivating and the text enlightening. This is now the prize book in my gardening collection. It should be in yours, too.
Making Scents
This work makes a great source and reference for artists, designers and gardeners.
SciTech Book News
This lusciously-illustrated volume...fruitfully combines full-page and other photographs of such exotic fruits as Buddha's hand, cashew apple, and Japanese wineberry with scientific names and explanations of the complexities of their classification, evolution, growth and reproductive habits.
Finger Lakes Times - Joel M. Lerner
Fruit is clearly an art book. The images are arresting and the stories fascinating.
Garden Design
Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible is pure poetry.
January Magazine - David Middleton
The work is arresting, distinctive, familiar, yet it covers entirely new ground... Fruit is little short of astonishing. If the book never gets further than your coffee table, it's still likely to blow the stuffing out of anything else laid near it... Reading all of Fruit is like a fantastic mini education. Don't feel like reading? Just look at the pictures. They'll take you away.
The National Gardener National Garden Clubs
Bearer of seeds, fruits have an amazing variety of forms that are displayed in high definition images in this exquisite picture book. The striking graphic design of this publication is artwork of the highest quality; images appear to leap out from its shiny black pages... The highly informative narrative...examines the nature of fruits, their purpose, and an extensive collection of many distinctive structures that serve as a means for seed dispersal and ultimately plant survival. A helpful glossary assists the reader in understanding the particular vocabulary of this scientific discipline.
The Daily News (Kamloops) - Judy Creighton
A mammoth undertaking...pictorially magnificent.
GardenWise - Joel Bentley
Stuppy divulges the copulating secrets of numerous fruits in a humourous, explicit fashion.
GardenWise - Wendy Thomson
Amazing images... Up close, many are unrecognizable, appearing to be futuristic landscapes or startlingly human-like sexual organs. Stuppy's thoroughly scientific examination of what makes a fruit a fruit is peppered with amusing observations.
Canadian Press
A fascinating look at a subject that has baffled botanists for years...The book is pictorially magnificent...Tiny interior structures of plants and seeds are blown up to fill the oversized pages, creating images that are sometimes surreal yet breathtakingly beautiful.
The Toronto Sun - Sonia Day
A swanky coffee table tome, packed with truly amazing photos....Kessler's pictures reveal just how precious--and extraordinary--our planet is.
Winnipeg Free Press - Linda Stilkowski
Fruit is just as visually luscious and insightful into the juicy secrets of some of our world's most delicious fruits.
American Reference Book Annual - Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Beautiful.... By examining fruit at this [microscopic] level users can gain a better understanding of plant reproduction and how it thrives in the natural world.
I Can Garden.com
A remarkable collaboration of nature, art and photography, celebrating the beauty of fruit... Fruit is groundbreaking in its intimate examination of plant reproduction. An essential source and reference for artists, designers and gardeners, this stunning book will fascinate any reader interested in the natural world and biological structures.
Economic Botany, Vol. 64 - Kurt A. Reynertson
I recently had the pleasure of spending many long winter hours paging through this book. Randomly opening the book, I would be caught by one of Kessler's striking images, and settle in to read, quickly losing myself in Stuppy's writing... This wonderful, oversized book is the perfect gift for a botanist who appreciates artistic images of plants, or the photographer with a keen botanical enthusiasm. At first glance, it appears to be a typical coffee table photography book; on closer inspection, a botanist finds a compelling text with a refreshing degree of scientific rigor. The authors have intentionally used botanical terms, Latin names, and included taxonomic information that will please botanists who look for beautiful books with technical information... The images are beautiful, and illustrate the minutia that we rarely see with a hand lens or microscope.... Stuppy's text is engaging, and covers most everything you would want to know about fruits, from biology to natural history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608872817
Publisher:
Insight Editions LLC
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,382,752
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Wolfgang Stuppy is the seed morphologist for the Millennium Seed Bank Project at London's Royal Botanic Gardens.

Rob Kesseler is a visual arts professor and artist whose work has been shown in museums and galleries in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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