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The most complete guide to pear varieties and their history ever written

Winner of the Garden Media Guild Awards Reference Book of the Year 2016, the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the year 2016, and the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2016 for Outstanding Achievement.
Accompanied by a beautiful and comprehensive website of the same name, this wonderfully unique book is an indispensable and one-of-a-kind guide. It tells the story of the pear from its delightful taste and wonderful appearance to breeding and cultivation, following the fruit’s journey through history and around the world.

Beautifully illustrated with 40 botanical watercolour paintings by Elisabeth Dowle, The Book of Pears is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the pear. Moving through continents and cultures, Joan Morgan celebrates the pear’s long history as both a fresh and cooking fruit. Revealing the secrets of the pear as a status symbol, some of the most celebrated fruit growers in history, and how the pear came to be so important as an international commodity.

The pear directory, which makes up the second half of the book, covers the world’s ancient and modern varieties, each with full tasting notes and historical, geographical and horticultural detail. A fully illustrated version of this directory is shown on the author's website www.thebookofpears.fruitforum.net


Joan Morgan’s magnificent new work on Pears…my food book of the year.. illustrated with Elizabeth Dowle’s exquisite paintings’

Nigel Slater, Instagram

A remarkable book, a scholarly work, a joy to read and look at.

Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4

The publication of this most readable book is a cause for celebration.

Ursula Buchan, The Spectator

The Book of Pears is ‘stunning, it’s beautiful, brim-full of information and inspiration.’

Lord Hall, BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards

This is food history at its finest. Morgan’s rigorous and fluent prose grows from its botanical base to widen our understanding of society and culture.


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  • Hardback


    September 15, 2015

    Ebury Press

    304 pages

    RRP $100.00

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    October 15, 2015

    Ebury Digital

    304 pages

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