Posted on 30 October 2008 by

Read a Good Tomato Book Lately?


By Vanessa Richins

Now that the main gardening season is almost over for most areas (I envy you, California and Florida and all the other lucky places where it is warm enough year round), we can finally relax a bit.

I think that this winter, I’ll be reading lots of tomato related books.

Here are some suggestions that I found.

The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World’s Most Beautiful Fruit

As I was reading the latest tomato news via Google Alerts, I kept seeing reviews for a new book called the Heirloom Tomato. Evidently, the author, Amy Goldman, grows 500 different varieties of tomatoes every year. This book profiles many of those varieties, as well as the tomato history, a growing guide, and recipes. It’s now in my Amazon shopping cart.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Towanda! I loved the movie, and I love reading the book. A quintessential story of love, passion, murder, loyalty and friendship, as well as delicious fried green tomatoes.

The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook

The cover alone already has me salivating at the thought of heirloom tomatoes. 50 recipes are provided, as well as profiles and how to choose and store tomatoes.
The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden

Now I want to know what the story is. Why did his tomatoes cost so much? How did he retain (barely, evidently) his sanity during this adventure? Another book for my Amazon cart.

Have you read any of these books? What other books would you recommend I read this winter?

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