The Scent Trail
How One Woman's Quest for the Perfect Perfume Took Her Around the World
By Celia Lyttelton
(New American Library, Paperback, 9780451226242, 320pp.)
Publication Date: February 2009
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From the iris fields of Tuscany to the vetivert distilleries of India, from the nutmeg plantations of Sri Lanka to the shores of the Arabian Sea, Celia gives readers a glimpse into the world of scent that few people have ever experienced, providing delicious details on its place in history?for example, how Casanova added small amounts of ambergris to chocolate mousses to aid his amorous adventures, and how Charles Dickens carried a monogrammed pocket nutmeg grater in his waist coat at a time when nutmeg was used to ward off evil and to spice rum.