I am in love with lemons– history, botany, cuisine and all. I am also very fond of the places they grow best, Ventura County in Southern California, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast in Italy…..
You can read about it all in my newly published book, Lemon: A Global History, part of Reaktion Books’ wonderful Edible Series of food histories.
My two previous books are Fruit Fields in My Blood: Okie Migrants in the West (University of Idaho, 1992) and Shared Sorrows: A Gypsy Family Remembers the Holocaust (University of Hertfordshire, UK, 2002).
I also make the colored-pencil drawings you see here occasionally:
And I picked fruit for sixteen years. Mostly cherries, apples and pears, but I did have a stint picking citrus–oranges and grapefruit– in Florida many years ago.
I also love cooking with lemons, so you’ll find some recipes and cooking tips on the posts as I go along…