cloth, 225 pp., $25.00
Former food writer and a cofounder of a cooking and recipe website, Chip Brantley, a gifted storyteller and devoted "foodie," relates his search for the perfect stone fruit. Intrigued by the delicious flavor and perfection of a plum cultivar, he traveled to California's bountiful San Joaquin Valley where he investigated the factors that went into the creation and introduction into the market of such a prized crop. Providing the reader with special insight into the business of fruit production, the author has produced remarkable character studies of the people connected with the breeding, growing, and marketing of this segment of the fruit–growing industry. His narrative emphasizes that fruit used to be grown for a standard size and color, scientists and visionary breeders now have as their goal produce with luscious flavor.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden