Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Heirloom Tomato by Amy Goldman

Every year, renowned grower Amy Goldman produces hundreds of tomato varieties on her farm in New York's Hudson Valley. Here, in fifty-five delicious recipes, more than two hundred gorgeous photos, and Goldman's erudite, charming prose, is the cream of the crop.

From glorious heirloom beefsteaks - that delicious tomato you had as a kid but can't seem to find anymore - to exotica like the tiny currant tomato, a pea-size fruit with a surprisingly big flavor, The Heirloom Tomato is filled with gorgeous shots of tomatoes so luscious they verge on the erotic.

Along with the recipes and photos are profiles of the tomatoes, filled with surprisingly fascinating facts on their history and provenance, and a master gardener's guide to growing your own. More than just a loving look at one of the world's great edibles, this is a philosophy of eating and conservation between covers - an irresistible book for anyone who loves to cook or to garden.

This was a fascinating book, with stunning photographs, as were the author's previous similar works about squash and melons. She made each tomato come alive in the description. The included recipes were interesting but not for me, although I will try her tomato sauce recipe.

This one gets eight stars for Victor Schrager's photography alone, the text is just a bonus. It truly is a book for tomato lovers, gardeners, and gourmets alike.

Rating: ★★★★★★


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