Author(s): Erika Janik
'Gravenstein', 'Coe's Golden Drop', 'Mendocino Cox': the names sound like something from Tolkien or the ingredients in a fairy potion rather than the names of fruit. But as befits their magical names apples - both real and imaginary - have transfixed and beguiled humans for thousands of years. "Apple: A Global History" explores the cultural and culinary importance of a fruit born in the mountains of Kazakhstan that has traversed the globe, and became a favourite almost everywhere. Apples are not just good eating, they also make for good drinking, and Erika Janik relates the history of cider in North America and Europe. From the Garden of Eden and Homer's Odyssey to Johnny Appleseed, Wilhelm Tell and Apple Computer, readers will learn how apples became a universal source of sustenance, health and symbolism from ancient times to the present day. Featuring many mouth-watering illustrations, this exploration of the planet's most popular fruit also includes apple recipes from around the world, including what is believed to be the first recorded apple recipe from Roman gourmand Marcus Apicius, as well as a guide to selecting the best apples. Author Erika Janik grew up surrounded by apple iconography in Washington, the 'apple state', and has written extensively on food and history. Food and history lovers will eat up this surprising and entertaining history of one of the world's most loved and prolific fruits.
Erika Janik works as a Producer for Wisconsin Public Radio. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Her previous publications include Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past (2007) and A Short History of Wisconsin (2010).