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Description - The Pineapple by Francesca Beauman

This enchanting, juicy history takes us from the pineapple's origins in the Amazon rainforests to its first tasting by Colombus 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, at first, to cultivate just one cost the same as a new coach, every great house soon boasted its own steaming pits filled with hundreds upon hundreds of pineapple plants. As the Prada handbag of its day, a real-life, homegrown pineapple was a powerful status symbol, so much so that at first, it was extremely unusual actually to eat the fruit. The image appeared on gateposts, on teapots, furniture and wallpaper. A new phase opened when growers in the Caribbean began supplying pineapples in the 1840s and later the first canning factory was built in Hawaii. 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. Why is the pineapple so special? In one surprising sense it is indeedideal. Made up of hundreds of seperate fruitlets, its spiral embody the graduations of the Golden Mean - it is mathematically perfect. butit is more than that - for years a focus of traveller's tales, it is a treasure of sight and scent and taste. Packed with fascinating illustrations, this delicious book sees Fran Beauman explore the lifeand lore of the king of the fruits: Scholarly, witty and fun, it is a true hamper of delights

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780701176990
ISBN-10: 0701176997
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 161mm x 29mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Francesca Beauman

Fran Beauman graduated with a first class degree in History from Cambridge and now writes and presents for television. Her passion for pineapples began with a childhood visit to the pineapple-shapedgarden retreat at Dunmore Park in Scotland and has taken her across the world.This is her first book.

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