The scent world's Alice Waters (The New York Times) celebrates our most potent sense, through five rock stars of the fragrant world. Mandy Aftel is widely acclaimed as a trailblazer in natural perfumery. Over two decades of creating artisanal fragrances from the finest aromatic ingredients in the world, she has been an evangelist for the transformative power of scent. In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, she explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive. Cinnamon, queen of the Spice Route, touches our hunger for the unknown, the exotic, the luxurious. Mint, homegrown the world over, speaks to our affinity for the familiar, the native, the authentic. Frankincense, an ancient incense ingredient, taps into our longing for transcendence. Ambergris embodies our unquenchable curiosity. And exquisite jasmine exemplifies our yearning for beauty, both evanescent and enduring. In addition to providing a riveting initiation into the history, natural history, and philosophy of scent, Fragrant imparts the essentials of scent literacy and includes recipes for easy-to-make fragrances and edible, drinkable, and useful concoctions that reveal the imaginative possibilities of creating with and reveling in aroma. Vintage line drawings make for a volume that will be a treasured gift as well as a great read.
About the Author
Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and the author of six previous books, including "Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume."Her work has been featured in "The New York Times," "Vanity Fair," "Vogue," "O, The Oprah Magazine," "Elle," "In Style," "W," and "Bon Appetit," among many other publications. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California."