Rebecca Rupp

7 months ago by in Other Nonfiction, Sunday

RebeccaRuppRebecca Rupp’s How Carrots Won the Trojan War, which won a Gold Medal from the Garden Writers’ Association, covers the eccentric history and cool science of garden vegetables – including the stories of George Washington’s poisoned peas, the pirate who named the bell pepper, and Madame Pompadour’s purple asparagus [11:00 Sunday, Bentley’s Upstairs]– and answers the surprisingly iffy question of just what makes a vegetable a vegetable. Rebecca has a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry; has written over 200 articles for national magazines on everything from the natural history of squirrels to the archaeology of privies; and has published nearly two dozen books, both for children and adults. She is a speaker for the Vermont Humanities Council, a contributing editor atGreenPrints magazine, and for the past three years has blogged for National Geographic on food history and science.