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Fruit in Graphic Art

Michael B. Emery and Irwin Richman
Schiffer Publishing
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Paper, 144 pp., $29.99.

Authors Michael Emery and Irwin Richman take on a complicated subject in this colorful review of favorite foods, fruit. They first point out the difficulty in identification. What is a fruit? This is certainly a subject of discussion in America where the area of interest may fall into different categories. The answer can be botanical, cultural, or legal. The text covers preferred foods of native Americans before launching into the subject of fruit introduced to this country, including fruit used to make liquid refreshments. A fascinating section on the beginning of graphic art traces its origins to paintings featuring flowers and fruit in combination. The remaining pages contain a wide range of crops in historic art that represent a range of advertising in early publications. Even though the authors are ages apart, it is apparent they share a common and intense interest in the the artistic representation of fruit over time.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden