Did you know that changing the location of your tomato garden from year to year can help your crop thrive? Were you aware that there is a variety of heirloom tomatoes called Michael Pollan? And did you know that it’s better to pick tomatoes before they’re ripe? If you picked up Scott Daigre’s wonderful book Tomatomania, you would know these and many other invaluable facts about the world’s most popular fruit.
- Scott, along with co-author Jenn Garbee, cobbled this fun and informative book that celebrates the humble gift from the Andes. Chock-full of vibrant pictures, Tomatomania covers all things tomato. There are pointers on how to grow your very own pesticide-free tomato plant, simple tips for picking that perfect Solanum lycopersicum, a handy guide for the various classes of tomato varieties (many of which you’ve never heard of) and Scott’s 12 all-time favorites.The book also boasts simple and inexpensive recipes for sauces, sides, drinks, desserts and even marmalade! When springtime rolls around you can be sure that we’re going to make that marmalade.
- Although the recipes contained in this book are not all vegan, each one is very easy to veganize. We ended up making a fabulous side dish called A Mid-Summer Night’s Cherry Roast, which was sweet, savory and very tasty. This side would complement any rice or grilled/bbq dish quite nicely. As it turns out, I chose to make Scott’s favorite recipe in the book…we must have some type of tomato telepathy.
- There’s so much to love about this book. Scott’s absolute obsession with tomatoes permeates this fun and informative title. I highly recommend this book for yourself or as a gift for anyone who digs tomatoes, which is just about everyone. There’s a reason why 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced every year. They rock. By the way, while I was writing this piece (at a Starbucks in NJ), a woman asked me about the book and vowed to buy it. I commend her choice.
- To learn more about Scott and tomatoes, make sure to check out his remarkable site, Tomatomania which will simply blow your mind!