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    The Georgia Peach
    • Online ISBN: 9781107785335
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107785335
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Imprinted on license plates, plastered on billboards, stamped on the tail side of the state quarter, and inscribed on the state map, the peach is easily Georgia's most visible symbol. Yet Prunus persica itself is surprisingly rare in Georgia, and it has never been central to the southern agricultural economy. Why, then, have southerners - and Georgians in particular - clung to the fruit? The Georgia Peach: Culture, Agriculture, and Environment in the American South shows that the peach emerged as a viable commodity at a moment when the South was desperate for a reputation makeover. This agricultural success made the fruit an enduring cultural icon despite the increasing difficulties of growing it. A delectable contribution to the renaissance in food writing, The Georgia Peach will be of great interest to connoisseurs of food, southern, environmental, rural, and agricultural history.

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'Blessed with artistry, modesty, empathy, and discernment, Tom Okie is the perfect guide to a southern landscape where the power of environmental beauty is inspiring as well as oppressive.'

Jared Farmer - author of Trees in Paradise: A California History

'Here is that rare book that delivers a lot more than it promises. In addition to "culture, agriculture, and environment," Okie deftly incorporates race, science, technology, marketing and other national and global forces into a seamless interpretive synthesis, which in turn, provides the backdrop for a beautifully rendered, tart-sweet human narrative richly evocative of the eponymous fruit of the title.'

James C. Cobb - University of Georgia

'This fabulous book will change the way you think about your favorite fuzzy fruit. Georgia’s most touted crop was as much the product of southern politics and advertising as it was water, sun, and red Georgia clay. Covering tasty topics from agribusiness and immigrant labor to race and environmental history, it helps us understand what we eat and why we eat it. Don’t miss a bite.

Cindy Hahamovitch - University of Georgia

'Ty Cobb was nicknamed "The Georgia Peach", and like Cobb, Tom Okie’s book is crafty, quick, thoroughly accomplished, and maybe even a little dangerous. Unlike Cobb [however], The Georgia Peach also opens our eyes to both the ridiculousness and the beauty of human beings’ relationship with the natural world.'

Aaron Sachs - Cornell University

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