Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Luscious Substance

Penguin UK, 26 mai 2005 - 304 pages

The story of our love affair with vanilla - the world's most versatile flavouring.

The locations read like the contents of an exotic holiday brochure: Tahiti, Madagascar, Reunion, Seychelles and the Gulf Coast of Mexico - all of them inextricably linked with the story of vanilla.

Vanilla is a botanical mystery - a uniquely sensual plant who's secret was unlocked by an African slave in 1841. Aristocrats, apothecaries and modern day tycoons have all chased 'The Luscious Substance' - and the wealth it brings. Endangered in the wild, vanilla is now more valuable than at any time in history - a value that places it at the centre of a secretive multimillion dollar trade for which men are being murdered.

Journalist Tim Ecott has sought out vanilla's rich history and in doing so has brought to life these faraway, fascinating, misunderstood places, unravelling the complex politics around vanilla growing, curing, and selling. Confirming the promise of his debut, Neutral Buoyancy, this is travel writing of the highest order.

'Fascinating, appealing and forthright. Ecott has hit the jackpot' Independent


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Combining botany, history, travel writing, and social commentary, former BBC journalist Ecott chronicles not just any old orchid but the producer of a classic flavoring. In his travels to the major ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

List of Illustrations
1 Black Flower
2 An Indian Secret
3 The City that Perfumed the World
4 Mexican Money
5 From an English Garden
9 Homage to Albius
10 Empress of Tahiti
11 Murder in Madagascar
12 Ice Cream and Perfume
13 The Admirals Legacy
14 Vanilla Prince

6 Ile Bourbon
7 Creole Hearts
8 The Slaves Crime

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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

Tim Ecott is the author of the hugely successful Neutral Buoyancy. He joined the BBC World Service as a producer and correspondent in news and current affairs. A specialist on Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean he spent two years based in the Seychelles where he developed a parallel career as a dive leader. He lives in Richmond, London.

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