The pear “withholds its secrets from the merely hungry”

February 17, 2016

One of the many delights of writing about Joan Morgan’s excellent Book of Pears was discovering this quote, by the writer Edward Bunyon from his 1929 book, The Anatomy of Dessert: “The pear must be approached, as its feminine nature indicates, with discretion and reverence; it withholds its secrets from the merely hungry.” Morgan uses it to open her vast and deep compendium on this most under-appreciated fruit. I tried to capture her passion on All Things Considered in December; the story appears on The Salt here.