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

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Gardeners and chefs alike will delight in this pictorial and instructive celebration of the ever-popular tomato.

Straight from the vine to the cookpot and to terrific trivia: everyone will enjoy this juicy tribute to tangy, tasty tomato. Begin with a horticultural look at resurgent vintage varieties: a comprehensive chart gives specific growing and eating details on more than 50 delicious types, both heirloom and hybrid. Find out how to create and cultivate the “essential tomato...

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Overview

Gardeners and chefs alike will delight in this pictorial and instructive celebration of the ever-popular tomato.

Straight from the vine to the cookpot and to terrific trivia: everyone will enjoy this juicy tribute to tangy, tasty tomato. Begin with a horticultural look at resurgent vintage varieties: a comprehensive chart gives specific growing and eating details on more than 50 delicious types, both heirloom and hybrid. Find out how to create and cultivate the “essential tomato garden,” even on a windowsill. From the backyard, head straight to the kitchen with information on how to store, peel, freeze, dry, can, and cook up the harvest. Recipes include such luscious dishes as tomato soup, jam, bread, and green tomato pie. The enlightening feast rounds out with fun facts on the tomato’s history and tomato festivals.

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781579904210
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.75 (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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