pictorial boards, 192 pp., $18.00
Native to South America, the tomato has become one of the most popular crops from the New World, because of its flavor and relative ease in culture. With more than 5,000 reported varieties, the tomato is one of the most popular homegrown crops because of this diversity: a wide range of tastes can be fulfilled. Authors Gail Harland and Sofia Larrinua-Craxton, an experienced tomato grower and professional cook respectively, share their knowledge in these fields in a beautifully illustrated work that covers their selection, culture, propagation, harvest, and post-harvest care. The rather intriguing collections of recipes reflect a British-Mexican influence in their chutneys and salsas. Those who enjoy bountiful harvests will surely be tempted to try some of their recipes at home.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden