The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World’s Most Beautiful Fruit
Hardcover, 272 pages
I recently had the pleasure of reading The Heirloom Tomato by Amy Goldman. This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. The photography, done by Victor Schrager, is absolutely breathtaking. This book is not only a how-to guide for growing tomatoes but also a collection of recipes and, most importantly, a reference book on the history and particulars of many heirloom tomato varieties. The reference portion of the book covers size, shape, weight, color, soluble solids, flavor, texture, uses, habit, leaf type, yields, maturity and origin; making it the most complete guide to tomatoes that I have ever seen. Goldman did some very good research and uncovered some interesting facts and dispelled some commonly held beliefs on the history of certain varieties. Her findings on the origin of the Brandywine were very interesting. Her search for information on the Sudduth’s Brandywine ended in finding the the 93 year old Dorris Sudduth Hill who provided the original seed to Quisenberry. I believe this is the definitive resource for people interested in the history and genealogy of great heirloom tomatoes. The recipe portion of the book is full of great ideas as well. I look forward to trying some of them here this summer. All said, if you love tomatoes and are passionate about heirloom preservation and gardening you will benefit greatly from this book.