decorated boards, 256 pp., $35.00
Arguably the most popular, all-purpose fruit, apples are legendary additions to mankind’s diet, so it is not surprising that garden writer Andrew Mikolajski has chosen them as the subject of this book. The first section of the work addresses how to grow apples successfully; this includes tree selection, planting, pruning, propagation, harvesting, post-harvest care, and dealing with problems. Photographer Peter Anderson does a masterful job in bringing to life favorite international varieties; these include photographs of individual species, both whole and cut, so that the reader can quickly identify produce in the market. Written for the British public, the text includes details on origins of various varieties, parentage, flowering time, and other miscellany. Accompanying recipes indicate their use (culinary or dessert). Surprisingly, some favorite apples of Americans do not make this directory.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden