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“Chip Brantley has written a classic account of a modern fruit. The telling is sharp-eyed and droll, and like all great books about food, The Perfect Fruit has as much to do with the people behind the food as it does with the food itself. Brantley's love for his subject is so infectious that even if you've never experienced the pleasure of a perfectly ripe pluot before, you'll get plenty of pleasure from this book.” —Julian Rubinstein, author of Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
"Not interested in fruit breeding? I thought I wasn't. But Chip Brantley brings such passionate curiosity to the subject--and to the machinations of the growers, the technicalities of pollination, even the politics of marketing blocs—that the world of the pluot becomes a whole world, replete with heroes, villains, tragedies, and triumphs." —Thomas McNamee, author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse
"Do I dare to eat a peach? Chip Brantley answers Prufrock’s existential question with a belly-satisfying yes. And dare to eat a pluot called Dinosaur Egg or Dapple Dandy, too. Bite into The Perfect Fruit and savor the sweetness and the bitterness, the love and the rivalry, that flows through the food that sustains us.” —D. J. Waldie, author of Holy Land
"This book is a love affair, or rather two: with pluots and the author's wife. Chock full of wonderful, besotted information on plums and other stone fruits, it is an invaluable reference and pleasure.”—Barbara Kafka, author of Vegetable Love and Roasting: A Simple Art, winner of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award
“At the core of The Perfect Fruit is a ‘flavor revolution,’ a shift in American tastes toward quality and flavor and away from plentiful, but tasteless commodities. Chasing the story of these luscious new fruit hybrids, Brantley comes face to face with a fundamental change in the way we eat.” —Robb Walsh, author of Sex, Death, and Oysters
Mr.Brantley is passionate about flavorful fruits, and makes you feel the same way.
The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot by Chip Brantley is a quick, easy and enjoyable read.
Chip Brantley uses humor, unbelievable insight and a great deal of research to make a seemingly ordinary subject come to life.
This book amounts to a personal narrative about the authors exploration into stone fruit breeding and the development of the pluot. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Flamholz
The Perfect Fruit is perfect. From the beginning when the author bites into his first Pluot, to the end when you are wondering about Stone Fruit. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Christopher Fennell
This book is great! I work in the California peach, plum and nectarine industry and we are continually battling consumer misconceptions about agriculture and farming in the San... Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Geoff J. Johnston
THE PERFECT FRUIT: GOOD BREEDING, BAD SEEDS, AND THE HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE PLUOT offers the fine story of a fruit breeder who developed the Pluot fruit - and examines those who have... Read morePublished on October 16, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
This book is great! Mr.Brantley is passionate about flavorful fruits, and makes you feel the same way. He created a story that is insightful and vivid. Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by Michael Hatcher
If you are like me and the author, Chip Brantley, then the first time you tasted a Pluot you knew you were eating something special. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by Ronn Berrol
Whether you consider yourself a bon vivant, a culinary neophyte, or someone wandering in the middle, 'The Perfect Fruit' is both history and story, for food, farming, even... Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by laxatx