In Praise of Tomatoes: Tasty Recipes, Garden Secrets, Legends & Lore

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Whether served fresh-picked from the vine on a late summer day or enjoyed as the wonderfully pungent base of condiments, sauces, soups, and countless other flavorful delights, the tomato is as delicious as it is versatile. It's the most popular home garden plant, with varieties suited to every taste and climate. And for a fruit that didn't make its way into the world's culinary repertoire until relatively late in the game, the tomato plays an enormous role in our gastronomic lives. On these pages you'll find a ...
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Overview

Whether served fresh-picked from the vine on a late summer day or enjoyed as the wonderfully pungent base of condiments, sauces, soups, and countless other flavorful delights, the tomato is as delicious as it is versatile. It's the most popular home garden plant, with varieties suited to every taste and climate. And for a fruit that didn't make its way into the world's culinary repertoire until relatively late in the game, the tomato plays an enormous role in our gastronomic lives. On these pages you'll find a celebration of the tomato in all its glory.

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!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Here are two celebrations of everyone's favorite summer vegetable. Lundy is a food writer and the author of Butter Beans to Blackberries, among other titles; coauthor Stehling is the chef/owner of a North Carolina restaurant called Early Girl Eatery (named after the tomato). She provides the history, science, and other significant tomato facts, while he supplies the recipes (some 50 in all), which are interspersed throughout the text. There are vibrant color photographs, lovely watercolors, reproductions of period advertisements and other memorabilia, and a chapter on the cult film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! There is also a "Tomato Garden Primer" and a lengthy chart on growing and cooking with different varieties. Recommended for larger libraries. Davis-Hollander (founder & director, Eastern Native Seed Conservancy) presents a more ambitious but highly readable book. He includes a great deal more information, from a detailed chapter on heirloom tomato specifics and profiles of tomato growers and other notables to sidebars on tomato festivals around the country and a thorough guide to cultivation. Inspired by a diverse variety of cuisines, his 150 recipes-some of which come from well-known chefs (including Daniel Boulud and Rick Bayless)-are more appealing and simply mouth-watering. Recommended for most collections (where it should join Joanne Weir's excellent You Say Tomato). [A Good Cook Book Club selection.] Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579909581
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,062,332
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Index of Recipes 8
Introduction 10
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
Killer Tomatoes 138
Tomato Kitsch Gallery 144
From Tomatina to Tomato Art: Festivals Around the World 158
The Tomato as Muse: Art Gallery 166
Acknowledgements 174
Index 175
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  • Posted June 27, 2010

    Great gift to a tomato lover

    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.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    FUN AND PRETTY

    This is a very fun book for the gardener and tomato grower!!

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