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!Free Ebook ♪ The Land Where Lemons Grow ♗ The Land Where Lemons Grow Uses The Colourful Past Of Six Different Kinds Of Italian Citrus To Tell An Unexpected History Of Italy, From The Arrival Of Citrons In Nd Century Calabria, Through Arab Domination Of Sicily In The Th Century, To Slow Food And Cutting Edge Genetic Research In The St Along The Way Helena Attlee Traces The Uses Of Citrus Essential Oils In The Perfume Industry And Describes The Extraction Of Precious Bergamot Oil The History Of Marmalade And Its Production In Sicily The Extraordinary Harvest Of Diamante Citrons By Jewish Citron Merchants In Calabria The Primitive Violence Of The Battle Of Oranges, When The Streets In Ivrea Run With Juice She Reveals The Earliest Manifestations Of The Mafia Among The Lemon Gardens Outside Palermo, And Traces The Ongoing Links Between Organised Crime And The Citrus Industry By Combining Insight Into The Country S Cultural, Political And Economic History With Travel Writing, Horticulture And Art, Helena Atlee Gives The Reader A Unique View Of ItalyHelena 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 Years These days lemons are a part of our culinary lives, but there was a time not long ago when these were seen as exotic fruit People would return from Italy on holiday in the 1950 s with tales of trees laden with fruit, inhaling the heady aroma that the fruit gives.And it is to Italy that Atlee takes us From the Sicilian terraces full of mandarins and blood oranges, to the Southern Italian groves full of the huge citron and bergamonts She visits the perfumed gardens of Liguria to see their particularly sour chinotti and witnesses the festival in Ivrea where the inhabitants throw 400 tonnes of oranges at each other Along her journey she draws together the history of the places and the fruits, sips limoncello on sun soaked terraces, discovers new pastas, meets Rabbis choosing perfect citrons, but mostly lets these fruits permeate her soul.I really enjoyed this Atlee writes with authority and confidence on her subject, talking about the Arabs who brought the fruits to Italy, to the modern organised crime syndicates who controlled the Scillian trade All the way through she manages to evoke the feel and atmosphere of the places that she visits, and on a damp day in the UK there is no place that I would rather be than a sun drenched piazza in Italy. 3 1 2 starsI really enjoyed reading about the history of Italy through the lens of their love for and cultivation of citrus I learned so much about citrus that it s so much than oranges and lemons and that citrus has so many uses beyond eating And I learned so much about the history of Italy vis a vis their cultivation of these plants that originally came from the Himalayas Fascinating, even if Attlee s writing is occasionally clunky What I really appreciated is that she was dogged in tracking down all the different types of citrus grown throughout the Italian peninsula as well as Sicily and digging in to give us a first hand view of the history, the cultivation, the growers and the many ways that citrus is used in Italy and throughout the world Recommended Why I m reading thisI love Italy I love citrus I m a sucker for the history science behind food And most importantly, I needed a virtual vacation from the deep freeze we re living in this winter here in Minnesota I started the book looking forward to travel narrative there was some, though the focus is on the history of lemons in the Mediterranean region well presented, never bogged down in detail or at least rarely, as I have a bit of a short attention span at times Author starts with the big picture of citrus in Italy in general, saving the best chapters for later a discussion of chinotto used for the liqueur Campari, as well as citron that s harvested by Orthodox Jews for Sukkot holiday use Hebrew esrog The latter sounds like a fascinating fruit, so I really felt that I ve missed out never experiencing it in any form Recommended especially for Italophiles, but general interest enough for most readers. I was sent this as a first read copy I really wanted to like this book and obviously someone who knows much about books and writing, decided this book was worth publishing so this is just my little honest opinion I have read National Geographics since I was a child I have never meet a subject in which I couldn t become somewhat interested.The books explains the story of lemons in Italian history as she travels though Italy The cover is beautiful I m assuming it s of an Italian painting I searched for the artwork credits but could not find any She is very passionate about lemons, culture and history She is well researched which shows in her writing but she suffers from what I call the science syndrome in writing She s a researcher first then a writer There for the research becomes much important than the story She flatly gives you the story like a boring lecturer instead of showing you the story This is why journalist make the best non fiction writers, because it s been drilled in their heads that the story is what s the most important They know that using words like wonderful and glorious do not enrich a story. From BBC radio 4 Book of the Week Mixing travel writing, history and horticulture, Helena Attlee takes a celebratory journey through Italy, exploring why citrus holds a special place in the Italian imagination. Lo esperaba desde que le las cr ticas cuando apareci en Gran Breta a y, si bien el cultivo de c tricos no era algo que me produjera mucha curiosidad, el s lo hecho de prometer una nueva mirada sobre Italia me lo hizo deseable Y ahora estoy fascinada con los c tricos, con su historia y su carga cultural Lo disfrut de principio a fin, he aprendido montones y he descubierto un nuevo tema de inter s Qu m s se le puede pedir a un libro I ve written three blogs on this marvellous book I started reading this during a vacation in Tuscany last month Attlee, a garden historian, does a great job of blending travel, science, and history and she even includes some recipes, too Here are a few of the fascinating and unexpected things I learned about citrus fruit Lemons originated in the Himalayan foothills all oranges come from Assam or Burma research suggests China may be another source Blood oranges get their color from anthocyanins, which can only develop where there is a difference of at least 18 degrees F between daytime and nighttime temperatures in fall and winter The bergamot contributes its essential oils not only to Earl Grey tea, but also to perfumes including the original Eau de Cologne and some disinfectants Every year at the close of Carnival season, the city of Ivrea hosts a Battle of the Oranges, in which the fruit is indeed used as a missile footage available here One type of citron, the esrog, has religious significance for Lubavitcher Hasidic Jews, who believe Moses sent to Calabria for the fruit to use during the Sukkoth festival apparently citrons are the fruit of the goodly tree mentioned in Leviticus 23 40 even today Jews import perfect specimens for ritual presentationI feel I ve gained a new appreciation for the range of citrus fruit out there it s really not just oranges and lemons , and this was perfectly atmospheric reading material for my time in Italy However, pushing myself through the last 150 pages in the five weeks that I ve been back has felt somewhat tedious To truly enjoy this book, I think you d have to have of an interest in horticultural varieties than I do Sous les Citronniers by Claude Monet