Posted on 16 May 2008 by

Tomato Books: Now Read This!

By Kira Hamman

Looking for a good book to pass the time until the tomatoes are ripe?

Try these:

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!

2 Responses to “Tomato Books: Now Read This!”

  1. our friend Ben Says:

    Great post, Kira! Thanks for the references! On the organic front, there’s also Mike McGrath’s “You Bet Your Tomatoes,” but its subject isn’t strictly limited to tomatoes. More tomato-focused is “Giant Tomatoes” by Marvin H. Meisner. And there’s always Louise Riotte’s companion-planting classic, “Carrots Love Tomatoes.” (But then, who doesn’t?!)

  2. Michael Nolan Says:

    You know what gets me… I can’t understand how anything to do with heirloom plants can be labeled snobbish. Of course if anyone can turn plants into snobbery, it would be Smith & Hawken.

    If anything, heirlooms are the fruit of the down-in-the-dirt brown collar workers!

    This is Michael, now stepping off of my soapbox.

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