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The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit

by Helena Attlee

Biography / Autobiography Cookery, Food and Drink eBooks of the Month Travel

The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit Synopsis

This is a delightful book about Italy's unexpected history, told through its citrus fruits. The story of citrus runs through the history of Italy like a golden thread, and by combining travel writing with history, recipes, horticulture and art, Helena Attlee takes the reader on a unique and rich journey through Italy's cultural, moral, culinary and political past. 4 stars. Attlee, who knows and loves Italy and the Italians, takes the reader through the country's scented gardens with her sharp descriptions, pertinent stories and quotes and intriguing recipes. I was there with her . (Anna del Conte, Sunday Telegraph). Fascinating ...A distinguished garden writer, Attlee fell under the spell of citrus over ten years ago and the book, like the eleventh labour of Hercules to steal the golden fruit of the Hesperides, is the result. She writes with great lucidity, charm and gentle humour, and wears her considerable learning lightly ...Helena Attlee's elegant, absorbing prose and sure-footed ability to combine the academic with the anecdotal, make The Land Where Lemons Grow a welcome addition to the library of citrologists and Italophiles alike . (The Times Literary Supplement). A paradise of citrus is how I always think of Italy too: a place where ice-cold limoncello is sipped from tiny glasses on piazzas, and everything from ricotta cake to osso bucco is enlivened with zest. What a joy, therefore, to read Helena Attlee's The Land Where Lemons Grow, which tells the story of Italy through its citrus fruit . (Bee Wilson, Telegraph). Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world. Helena is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and has worked in Italy for nearly 30 years.

The Good Book Guide Review

Lemon groves summon up a vision of heat and romance with their dark leaves and luminously beautiful fruit that is somehow a part of the spirit of Italy. The author is a garden writer, but her journey into the history of citrus fruit led her to remotely rural parts of Italy and to Sicily where, for instance, the best blood oranges in the world grow in the shadow of Mount Etna. This book is a mixture of travel writing, history, horticulture and art, and takes the reader on a gorgeous, sensual journey deep into the mystery of citrus groves.

The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit Press Reviews

'4 stars. Attlee, who knows and loves Italy and the Italians, takes the reader through the country's scented gardens with her sharp descriptions, pertinent stories and quotes and intriguing recipes. I was there with her' -- Anna del Conte Sunday Telegraph

 

'Fascinating ... A distinguished garden writer, Attlee fell under the spell of citrus over ten years ago and the book, like the eleventh labour of Hercules to steal the golden fruit of the Hesperides, is the result. She writes with great lucidity, charm and gentle humour, and wears her considerable learning lightly ... Helena Attlee's elegant, absorbing prose and sure-footed ability to combine the academic with the anecdotal, make The Land Where Lemons Grow a welcome addition to the library of citrologists and Italophiles alike' The Times Literary Supplement

 

'A paradise of citrus is how I always think of Italy too: a place where ice-cold limoncello is sipped from tiny glasses on piazzas, and everything from ricotta cake to osso bucco is enlivened with zest. What a joy, therefore, to read Helena Attlee's The Land Where Lemons Grow, which tells the story of Italy through its citrus fruit' -- Bee Wilson Telegraph

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ISBN: 9780241952573
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241952573
Publication date: 2nd April 2015
Author: Helena Attlee
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Cookery, Food and Drink, eBook Favourites, Travel,
Categories: Travel writing,

About Helena Attlee

Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world. Helena is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and has worked in Italy for nearly 30 years.

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