The British author Jane Grigson (1928 -1990) was one of the finest stylists among 20th century food writers. Although she is most celebrated for her Book of Vegetables (1978) and Book of Fruit (1982), this lesser known work published in 1986 (1987 in the US) is surely the most handsome. Done in collaboration with the artist Charlotte Knox—who had also illustrated two books by the great Alan Davidson—this is a cheerful and intelligent blend of two outstanding talents. Grigson offers graceful but focused profiles of lesser known produce from galangal and ivy gourd to roselle and asparagus beans; Knox provides striking likenesses of fruits and vegetables more akin to portraiture than to traditional botanical renditions, penetrating the character of the plants with an artist’s eye. This copy of the first American edition is signed by Grigson. It is unused, and the book and the dustjacket are in excellent condition, the jacket showing very light yellowing of the plastic lamination.
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