America's Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment
Susan PlayfairPaper: $24.95
America’s Founding Fruit is not just nostalgia about our continent’s most unique native crop; it is about the future of what we hold dear in our hearts and on our tables. Susan Playfair treats the cranberry as something that has a dynamic relationship with cultures, rather than freezing it in time. Her book is not only exquisitely researched and gorgeously written, it is an important lens into what lies ahead in the New England food system.
—Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey and Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
Playfair’s research both in field and in library (the book is impressively footnoted) seems to have been diligent and extensive.
If readers do not love the cranberry by the end of this book, Playfair provides 21 delicious cranberry recipes as one last effort to change their minds. Valuable for New England collections. . . . Highly recommended.
SUSAN PLAYFAIR is the author of Vanishing Species: Saving the Fish, Sacrificing the Fisherman. She lives in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.susanplayfair.com.