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The great tomato book
Ibsen, Gary.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 150 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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"A Kirsty Melville book"--T.p. verso.
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SB349 .I3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A vine-ripened, juicy delight of a book from Gary Ibsen, founder of the renowned TomatoFest celebration in Carmel, California. Heirloom tomatoes are hot right now, and Ibsen gives history and cultivation information for such sweet delights as Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter, Boxcar Willie's, and Aunt Ruby's Yellow Cherry, among others. With 40-plus festival standout recipes, including Mu Shu Tomato Pillows on Spicy Slaw, Baked Tomato Tart, and, of course, Old-Fashioned Fried Green Tomatoes.

Author Notes

Joan Nielsen is a cookbook editor, food writer, and co-author. She lives is Pacific Palisades, California.

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Booklist Review

The authors tell us that there are about 34 million gardening households in the U.S., and of those, 93 percent grow tomatoes. Their book begins with tips for successful planting, and they recommend starting seeds indoors. They give advice on seed selection, soil preparation, designing a garden, trellising techniques, watering, organic fertilizing, and saving seeds. Ibsen also provides a glossary of his 85 favorite tomato varieties. Instructions on harvesting, drying, canning, and freezing tomatoes are also included in this photo-filled paperback, as well as 27 appetizing recipes. --George Cohen

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
An Introduction to the Tomatop. 1
Introductionp. 2
Fruit or Vegetable? You Be the Judgep. 3
"Why Don't Tomatoes Taste Like They Used To?"p. 4
Tomato Talk Made Easyp. 6
Did You Know?p. 9
What's in a Name?p. 10
The First Tomatop. 12
The Tomato Comes to Americap. 13
The Healthy Tomatop. 16
In the Gardenp. 19
Growing in the Gardenp. 20
So Many Tomatoes, So Little Spacep. 21
Seed Supplier Savvyp. 21
Tips for Successful Plantingp. 23
Good Taste Starts in the Soilp. 26
Designing Your Gardenp. 28
Planting the Seedlingsp. 29
A Crash Course on Trellisingp. 31
The Fine Art of Wateringp. 35
What to Feed Your Tomatoesp. 37
Favorite Soil Amendments and Organic Fertilizersp. 39
Saving Your Tomato Seedsp. 41
Glossary of Great Tomatoesp. 45
Some Recommended Favoritesp. 46
A Tasting of Tomatoesp. 67
Reaping the Harvestp. 73
Stretching the Harvestp. 74
Dryingp. 75
Canningp. 76
Freezingp. 77
To Seed or Not to Seed?p. 78
Recipesp. 81
Appetizers and First Coursesp. 82
Soupsp. 90
Saladsp. 95
Entreesp. 103
Side Dishesp. 116
Dessertsp. 123
Too Many Tomatoesp. 130
Resourcesp. 139
Seed Sourcesp. 140
Garden Suppliersp. 142
Tomato Organizationsp. 143
Tomato Festivalsp. 144
Additional Readingp. 145
The Internetp. 146
Indexp. 147
About the authorp. 149