By Kira Hamman
Looking for a good book to pass the time until the tomatoes are ripe?
100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden, by Carolyn Male
This book from Smith & Hawken is, according to Amazon, “for the true tomato snob.” Well, that would be me. Male gives excellent assessments of the relative strengths of the varieties she features, plus tons of information on culture and, of course, mouth-watering photos.
In Praise of Tomatoes, by Ronni Lundy
From tomato history to tomato pop culture and everything in between. Brush up on your tomato trivia!
Grow the Best Tomatoes, by John Page
The Storey guide to growing tomatoes. Storey’s guides are simple, straightforward, and reasonably complete. Plus, they’re only $3 each.
How to Grow World Record Tomatoes: A Guinness Champion Reveals His All-Organic Secrets, by Charles Wilber
The title really says it all on this one. Even if your plants don’t grow to be 30 feet tall like his, you’re sure to pick up some new ideas.
The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook, by Mimi Luebbermann
On the off chance you’d like to eat a tomato some way other than sliced with salt (though why you would I can’t imagine), this book has got you covered. Plus, the recipes are all from Kendall-Jackson winery’s annual tomato festival, and so each one features a wine pairing. Yum!
Got a favorite tomato book that’s not on this list?
Tell us about it!