Letters to the Valley

Overview

In Letters to the Valley, David Mas Masumoto explores his personal memories of food and place, stories about how our food is grown, who grows it, and the suddenly changing context of family farms. These essays—in the form of letters to friends, his father, his daughter, and others—began as a monthly column for the Fresno Bee, and in them Masumoto tells us what it's like to sweat for a living; what happens when a lizard crawls up your pant leg; about holiday dinners of glazed ham and stuffed turkey, white rice and...

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Overview

In Letters to the Valley, David Mas Masumoto explores his personal memories of food and place, stories about how our food is grown, who grows it, and the suddenly changing context of family farms. These essays—in the form of letters to friends, his father, his daughter, and others—began as a monthly column for the Fresno Bee, and in them Masumoto tells us what it's like to sweat for a living; what happens when a lizard crawls up your pant leg; about holiday dinners of glazed ham and stuffed turkey, white rice and green tea; and what it means to be rooted—to be among those who have "addresses that will probably stay the same for the rest of our lives."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597140386
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2006
  • Series: Great Valley Book Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,396,958
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

David Mas Masumoto:
David Mas Masumoto grows organic peaches and grapes on his family farm in Del Rey, California. He is the author of Harvest Son, Epitaph for a Peach, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories, and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer. An active proponent of organic farming, Masumoto has won numerous literary awards. He is also active in foundation work and in the cultural life of California and beyond. Visit his website at www.masumoto.com.
Doug Hansen:
Doug Hansen was born in Fresno, California, and is the eldest of six children in an artistic family. Doug has worked as a Fresno Bee newsroom artist, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist, and he illustrated David Mas Masumoto's books Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer, as well as Mother Goose in California. He teaches rendering and illustration at his alma mater, California State University, Fresno.

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