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Of course there are recipes: some four dozen that feature fresh, cooked, canned, and even dried tomatoes. What could get a brunch off to a better start than "The Consummate Bloody Mary"? As for the Spanish, they know exactly what to do with tomatoes: "Gazpacho!" And here's a delicious version of the recipe. Fragrant and savory right out of the oven, "Orzo, Olive, and Feta Stuffed Tomatoes" will warm your heart. "Gumbo z'Herbes" is a Creole Lenten feast so full of garden goodness you won't notice there's no meat. There are even recipes for desserts!
Whether you have a sunny spot for a few pots or a half-acre to spare, if you've got the urge to grow your own tomatoes, you can't go wrong with this book's essential Garden Primer, complete with a chart that details some 50 varieties and their characteristics. In addition, you'll find fascinating facts about the origins of tomato cultivation by the Maya and other pre-Columbian peoples, the landmark nineteenth-century Supreme Court case that decided once and for all whether it's a fruit or a vegetable (though you'll still get arguments), and even Spain's La Tomatina festival, site of the world's largest food fight, where more than 20,000 revelers from around the world gather annually to pelt one another with overripe tomatoes.
Here then is a veritable feast for tomato lovers. Enjoy!
|Index of Recipes||8|
|The Name Game: Identifying the Tomato from Science to Politics||14|
|From Cozumel to the Cosmos: The Tomato Travels the World||28|
|What's Old is New Again: The Heirloom Garden||48|
|The Essential Tomato Garden Primer: By Barbara Ciletti||60|
|The Compleat Chart for Cultivating & Cooking Tomatoes||77|
|Oh Yes You Can Can, Freeze and Dry||98|
|Jumpin' Jack Frost, It's a Gas, Gas, Gas: How You Get Tomatoes in January||106|
|Here's to Health: The Tomato in Medicine||118|
|Cannery Row: Processed Tomatoes||124|
|Co-Starring Roles: Ketchup and Salsa||134|
|Tomato Kitsch Gallery||144|
|From Tomatina to Tomato Art: Festivals Around the World||158|
|The Tomato as Muse: Art Gallery||166|
Posted June 27, 2010
Often, finding presents for friends is hard, but this is a great gift to a tomato lover. My friend was delighted with it and so was her husband. She took it on a plane and read it the entire way. Her husband wasn't real happy she left town with it. Upon her return, she told me about several recipes she wanted to try.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2009
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