Book alert: "Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato"
We all love a good juicy tomato, but how about a juicy book about tomatoes? There have been a couple of interesting ones over the years including the $64 Tomato about one man's misadventures in growing his own and Amy Goldman's excellent The Heirloom Tomato. In his new book Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato, former AP reporter Arthur Allen has written what appears to be a very worthwhile addition to our understanding of the central role that tomatoes have come to play in our global "everything is always in season everywhere" food culture. The book recently received a favorable review in the Boston Globe. Although I haven't read the book, I can say that I already agree with the Globe's reviewer when he writes "after reading his book, you may conclude that the search for the perfect tomato begins and ends in your own garden."
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