The Land Where Lemons Grow : The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit
by Helena Attlee
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A delightful book on the unexpected Italy of history, told through its citrus fruits The history of citrus fruits crosses the history of Italy as a golden thread, and combining travel writing with history, recipes, horticulture and art, Helena Attlee takes the reader on a unique and rich journey through Italy’s culture, culture and art.”4 starsAttlee, who knows and loves Italy and Italians, takes the reader across the country, scented gardens with its sharp-edged descriptions, stories and quotes and intriguing recipes.I was there with her “Anna del Conte, the Fascinating Sunday Telegraph”.An eminent garden writer, Attlee has fallen under the spell of citrus fruits for more than ten years and the book, like Hercules’ eleventh work to steal the golden fruits of the Hesperides, is the result ofShe writes with great lucidity, charm and sweetness of humour, and brings her considerable learning lightly.Helena Attlee elegantly, absorbing the prose and foot sure possibility of combining academics with anecdotal, to make The Earth Where Lemons Push a welcome addition to the library of citrologists and Italophiles like ” The Literary Supplement of The Times’ is A paradise of citrus fruits is the way I always think of Italy: a place where ice cold limoncel iceWhat a joy, then, to read Helena Attlee of The Earth Where Lemons Push, which tells the story of Italy through its citrus fruits’ Abeille Wilson, the Telegraph Helena Attlee is the author of four books on 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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