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Desert Terroir: Exploring the Unique Flavors and Sundry Places of the Borderlands (Ellen and Edward Randall Series) Hardcover – March 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Ellen and Edward Randall Series
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292725892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292725898
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Napa Valley’s most prestigious winemakers recently said that there is no such thing as terroir. He scoffed at the idea… that wine somehow captures the essence of place. A scientist by training, he insisted instead that wine is the result of chemical processes that can be analysed and controlled, nothing more. Gary Paul Nabhan’s new book, Desert Terroir: Exploring the unique flavors and sundry places of the borderlands, is an eloquent refutation of that assertion. Like other proponents of terroir, Nabhan argues that sunlight, wind, rain and minerals in the soil all affect the way a given food tastes. But for him there is more. Terroir is also an expression of the hands of the women who rhythmically pat out tortillas in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico, and of the labours of ranch hands who graze sturdy Corriente cattle. It is found, too, in the ancestry of both human and plants. If we attune ourselves to our own history, and to that of the natural world, we stand to gain a keen appreciation for our planet’s myriad distinctive tastes… Nabhan is a natural storyteller. (Times Literary Supplement 2012-11-00)

About the Author

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally celebrated desert explorer, plant hunter, and storyteller of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, as well as a pioneer in the local foods movement. Nabhan is author or editor of twenty-four books, including Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail, The Desert Smells Like Rain, and Coming Home to Eat. This book reunites him with Paul Mirocha, the illustrator and co-conspirator of their award-winning Gathering the Desert. Nabhan has received a MacArthur “genius” fellowship and the Vavilov Medal, and he currently holds an endowed chair in sustainable food systems at the University of Arizona. At his home near the Mexican border, he tends an orchard of heirloom fruits and heritage crops.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By arizonadeserttom on June 1, 2012
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gary nabhan has written another book as good as his 1985 offering of gathering the desert. it is part travelogue, part heritage food xploration, and a good dose of mixing with the local cultures. there is alot of good history on how some old world foods ended up in the americas and vice versa. along the way in the travels you will meet some interesting people, hidden oases and other locations, and get acquainted with some beasts of burden! this is the kind of book that you can certainly read at home, but i would suggest to really savor it, take it along backpacking, or sit down under a ponderosa pine in the summer, or a saguaro in the winter and read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ephemeral on May 23, 2013
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I think this might be Gary Nabhan's best work since Coming Home to Eat. For those who aren't familiar with him, Nabhan is an ethnobotanist who writes beautifully about the intersection of food, culture, and geography.

In Desert Terroir, he focuses on the flavors of the US/Mexico borderlands. He details the tastes and traditions of foods like mesquite, fish, and camels. There is a good bit of history in this book, including an extremely interesting section on some shipwrecked Moroccons and Spaniards who traveled across the Southwest in the 1500s.

Nabhan is a talented storyteller, and he is able to describe sensory details so well that you almost feel like you have already experienced what he is writing about. I'd also like to mention that the illustrations (done by Paul Mirocha) are a perfect fit for the book and really add more depth to the whole story.
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