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Cherry By Mary Newman

Cherry by Mary Newman

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Recounts the origins, art, literature and legends of the cherry tree.

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Cherry by Mary Newman

Ripe, sensuous, irresistible: the cherry tree and its stunning blossoms conjure up many literal, metaphorical and visceral sensations. We enjoy cherry-picking, a cherry on top, and even, on occasion, to lose one's cherry. Cherries have been consumed since prehistoric times, reaching great popularity among the ancient Romans. They have come to symbolize such divergent concepts as fertility, innocence and seductiveness, inspiring Dutch still-life paintings, Freudian theory, contemporary pop artists, and one of the first food emojis. In Japan and other Asian cultures, the short-lived but beautiful cherry blossoms are important elements throughout art and literature. In this intriguing natural and cultural history, Mary Newman and Constance L. Kirker recount the origins, legends, celebrations, production and health benefits of this beloved tree.

About Mary Newman

Constance L. Kirker (Author) Constance L. Kirker is a former Pennsylvania State University professor of art history and co-author of Edible Flowers: A Global History (Reaktion, 2017) with Mary Newman. An avid gardener and foodie, she has written numerous research publications on food history. Mary Newman (Author) Mary Newman has taught at Ohio University and the University of Malta. A member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, she is also co-author of Why Is This Job Killing Me? (1999).

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Cherry by Mary Newman
Reaktion Books
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