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The pineapple : king of fruits

Author: Fran Beauman
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, [2005] ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This enchanting, juicy history takes us from the pineapple's origins in the Amazon rainforests to its first tasting by Columbus in Guadeloupe and its starring role on the royal dinner tables of Europe. In the eighteenth century this spectacular fruit reigned supreme: despite the fact that to cultivate just one cost the same as a new coach, every great house soon boasted its own steaming pits filled with hundreds  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fran Beauman
ISBN: 0701176997 9780701176990
OCLC Number: 61440838
Description: xii, 315 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Fran Beauman.
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As the story rolls on, through the heyday of pineapple chunks and cocktails, right up to the fashions of today,it touches on pineapples and sex, pineapples and empire, pineapples in art.  Read more...

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"The fruit's story turns out to be a gripping tale of sex, (imperial) violence and anzieties about status. It is hard to imagine it better told.'" -- Matthew J Reiss * Independent on Sunday *

 
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