A Global History, by Lorna Piatti-Farnell
For over a century, the banana has been the world’s favourite fruit. Its history, however, is entangled with colonial practices, capitalist enterprise, sexual politics and even horrific murders.
This book gives us insight into the agricultural origins of the banana and to its ubiquitous presence in culinary repertoires around the globe. It focusses on our recent history and the banana is traced in cultural practices, advertising and commercial schemes from nineteenth-century medical manuals to cookbooks and songs. (Source: Banana, by Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Published by Reaktion Book Ltd, London, 2016. Distributed by UCP Books)