By Mimi Luebbermann
Photographs by Robert Holmes
and Dan Mills
8-3/4 x 8 in; 132 pp ; 100 color photographs
Published in May, 2006
The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook
Whether you say "to-may-to" or you say "to-mah-to," chances are you'll agree there's nothing like the taste of a sun-ripened heirloom tomato—and this beautifully photographed book is a cornucopia for the tomato lover. First there are the recipes: 50 in all, provided by such notable food names as One Market, Caprial's Bistro, Jimtown Store, and DaVero Olive Oil. Perfect for brunch, cocktails, or dinner, tomatoes are showcased in such delicious dishes as Gazpacho with Cucumber Salsa Verde, Cheese and Pesto Fondue with Tomato-Foccacia Skewers, and Grilled Sea Bass with Lemon-Oregano, Tomato Relish. Accompanying each is a wine pairing suggested by Kendall-Jackson, which each year hosts the Heirloom Tomato Festival in Sonoma—the inspiration for this book. Then there's the photographic glossary of the top 25 heirloom varieties, detailed cultivation information, and an invaluable source-list of seeds and plants to entice those who want to eat their fruit and grow it too. Add to this, advice on choosing and storing tomatoes and a brief history, and you have a book as vibrant as the tomato it celebrates.
Mimi Luebbermann is the author of almost 20 books on gardening and cooking and is a contributor to numerous national cooking and gardening magazines. She lives on a small farm in Petaluma, California.
Robert Holmes' photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and in numerous other magazines and books. He lives in Northern California.
Dan Mills has specialized in wine and food photography for nearly 25 years. His work has appeared in Time, Fortune, Forbes, Wired, the Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. He lives in Northern California.