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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

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Neutral Buoyancy By Tim Ecott
“While the scientific information is plentiful, detailed and readable, as the title suggests it is a story of the author’s travels, his love affair with the exotic islands in the Indian Ocean from which vanilla comes, as well as the seductive story of the fruit. . . . Ecott’s books tells the story of vanilla, the flavoring, and the Vanilla orchid by nicely intertwining his personal interviews, evocative descriptions of the plant with social as well as natural history and scientific fact.” —Bonnie Walker, San Antonio Express-News
Vanilla
Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid
By Tim Ecott
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4201-6 • $14.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2005
Cooking (History)
The fascinating, kaleidoscopic story of one of the world’s most exotic and sensual plants and how it transformed history

From the islands of Tahiti to the botanical gardens of London and Paris, Vanilla traces the story of the vanilla plant and its secretive trade, from the golden cups of Aztec emperors to the ice-cream dishes of U.S. presidents. Vanilla has mystified and tantalized man for centuries. The only orchid that produces an agriculturally valuable crop, vanilla can mask unpleasant tastes and smells, but also makes pleasant tastes stronger, smoother, and longer lasting. Because of its over four hundred separate flavor components, choosing premium- quality vanilla beans is as complex as judging the aroma and taste of fine wine. Vanilla finds its way into over half of all dessert products sold worldwide, from ice cream to chocolate mousse, as well as the finest perfumes, well-known brands of rum and vodka, and even Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Americans consume more vanilla than anyone else on Earth—a fact that has helped drive the price of vanilla beans and flavor extracts to an all-time high, and forced growers and traders to mount armed guard over their plants in the tropical jungle. The traders who travel the world in search of America’s favorite flavor are a small and secretive elite.

From Papantla in Mexico—“the city that perfumed the world”—to the South Seas, Madagascar, and the Indian Ocean islands, Vanilla is a globe-trotting adventure that follows buccaneers, aristocrats, and gourmets, all in search of the ice cream orchid.
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