The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World's Most Beautiful Fruit

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From the world-class garden of acclaimed food writer Amy Goldman, a gorgeously illustrated guide to the world’s most beautiful and delicious tomatoes.

Every year, renowned grower Amy Goldman produces an amazing 500 varieties of tomatoes on her farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. Here, in 250 gorgeous photos and Goldman’s erudite, charming prose, is the cream of the crop, from glorious heirloom beefsteaks – that delicious tomato you had as a kid but can’t seem to find anymore – to ...

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Overview

From the world-class garden of acclaimed food writer Amy Goldman, a gorgeously illustrated guide to the world’s most beautiful and delicious tomatoes.

Every year, renowned grower Amy Goldman produces an amazing 500 varieties of tomatoes on her farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. Here, in 250 gorgeous photos and Goldman’s erudite, charming prose, is the cream of the crop, from glorious heirloom beefsteaks – that delicious tomato you had as a kid but can’t seem to find anymore – to exotica like the currant tomato, a pea-sized fruit with a surprisingly big flavor. Along with the photos are profiles of the tomatoes, filled with fascinating facts on their history and provenance; a section of more than 50 delicious recipes; and a master gardener’s guide to growing your own. More than just a loving look at one of the world's great edibles, this is a philosophy of eating and conservation between covers — an irresistible book for anyone who loves to garden or loves to eat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596912915
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 194,003
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Goldman is a passionate gardener, seed saver, and well-known advocate for heirloom fruits and vegetables. She is the author of The Compleat Squash and Melons for the Passionate Grower, and she appears frequently on such TV programs as Martha Stewart Living and Victory Gardens.

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

    Heirloom - something precious handed from one generation to the next.

    Asked by my daughter and her friend what the "heirloom" in heirloom tomato meant, I pondered explaining plant reproduction. Thankfully though, my friend (and the other mom in the conversation) said "it is something precious handed from one generation to the next". Oh was I glad she was there to explain that one! And Amy Goldman's loving explanations of the many tomatoes she's decided to cover in this book is much like that, a loving handing down of precious information. The photos are "portraits". The descriptions are well researched, yet personal with her own experience. Experience with starting seedlings, growing and transplanting, using the tomatoes and saving the seeds. Recipes, histories, it reads like a novel the first time through and like a reference manual afterwards when you want to find that perfect addition to next year's garden. Her respectful, close tributes to some of the 'giants' in the heirloom tomato world is wonderful too. I'd highly recommend this one for the gardener's home library and for gift giving.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Good beginning reading for serious tomato growers.

    This book is an excellent text to teach you the language of raising heirloom tomatoes. Amy is a dedicated heirloom grower and for the amateur grower, she gives much valuable information. This is a good bible for tomato growers. When you find tomatoes you like, Amy's book gives you the language to be able to talk about them.

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