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Posted June 24, 2011
Why Is My Tomato Tasteless?
During the opening of the food documentary, Food, Inc Michael Pollan refers to the tomatoes we buy in the supermarket as only "an idea of a tomato." I had been left perplexed by what exactly he meant by that. Barry Estabrook's TOMATOLAND answers that question. Why do tomatoes no longer taste like tomatoes?
The book revolves mainly around the winter crops picked in Florida. Those tomatoes you can buy in mid-January that are red and blemish-free and harder then granite. Estabrook delves into why the tomatoes we buy are unnaturaly hard and round and flavorless. Additionally the labor that goes into getting those tomatoes to market is also an interegral part of the story. While the brunt of the story revolves around the winter tomato, hydroponics from Canada and various organics and native and heirloom breeds are touched on as well.
TOMATOLAND won't answer every question you have about tomatoes. It will shed some light on important ones you may/should have after eating one from a supermarket. This book is not for foodies or gormets, this is for anyone who eats. Educate yourself and vote with your forks.
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Posted November 26, 2011
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