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Taming Fruit: How Orchards Have Transformed the Land, Offered Sanctuary, and Inspired Creativity

Taming Fruit: How Orchards Have Transformed the Land, Offered Sanctuary, and Inspired Creativity

Taming Fruit: How Orchards Have Transformed the Land, Offered Sanctuary, and Inspired Creativity

Taming Fruit: How Orchards Have Transformed the Land, Offered Sanctuary, and Inspired Creativity

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Overview

A captivating cultural and scientific history of orchards, for readers of Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire and Mark Kurlansky’s Salt.

Throughout history, orchards have nourished both body and soul: they are sites for worship and rest, inspiration for artists and writers, and places for people to gather. In Taming Fruit, award-winning writer Bernd Brunner interweaves evocative illustrations with masterful prose to show that the story of orchards is a story of how we have shaped nature to our desires for millennia.

As Brunner tells it, the first orchards may have been oases dotted with date trees, where desert nomads stopped to rest. In the Amazon, Indigenous people maintained mosaic gardens centuries before colonization. Modern fruit cultivation developed over thousands of years in the East and the West. As populations expanded, fruit trees sprang from the lush gardens of the wealthy and monasteries to fields and roadsides, changing landscapes as they fed the hungry.

But orchards don’t just produce fruit; they also inspire great artists. Taming Fruit shares paintings, photographs, and illustrations alongside Brunner's enchanting descriptions and research, offering a multifaceted-—and long-awaited—portrait of the orchard.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771644075
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 10/31/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 525,880
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bernd Brunner is the author of several books including Birdmania and Winterlust, and his writings have appeared in publications around the world including Lapham’s Quarterly, theParis Review, Quartz, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Wall Street Journal. He divides his time between Istanbul and Berlin.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Seeds for This Book vii

1 Before There Were Orchards 1

2 The Rustle of Palm Leaves 13

3 Gardens of the Gods 25

4 Not Far From the Tree 43

5 Studying the Classics 55

6 Earthly Paradises 75

7 Pears for the Sun King 97

8 Moving North 111

9 Orchards for the Masses 123

10 Cherry Picking 139

11 Pucker Up 149

12 As American as Apple Pie 167

13 Orchards Unbound 187

14 Pomological Gentlemen 205

15 Orchards of the Senses 217

16 Returning to the Wilder Ways of Fruit 235

Epilogue: A New Beginning 251

Acknowledgments 259

Sources for Quotations and Specific Research Cited 261

Further Reading 269

Illustration Credits 273

Index of People and Places 281

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