Tomato: know sow grow feast ….
My new book with co-authors: Penny Woodward and Karen Sutherland
Foreword by Peter Cundall and Rodney Dunn Supported by The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens
“This is the ultimate book on tomatoes, brimming with information based on experience. It covers everything anyone ever needs to know about selecting, growing and using the best and tastiest tomatoes in all districts and climates” (Peter Cundall 2018).
The book …
For gardeners and home cooks, nothing says summer more than baskets overflowing with plump, ripe, juicy, sun-kissed tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine.
Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast is a new hard back book celebrating Australian heirloom tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes are timeless, and these colourful heritage gems – full to bursting with juicy deliciousness - are enjoying a renaissance in Australia.
Tomato explains why a ‘red tomato is red’, why ‘real tomatoes’ taste so good, and why tomatoes are so ‘good for you’. The book also leads both experienced and aspiring gardeners through the practice of organic heirloom tomato growing and explores the history of heirloom tomato varieties in Australia. The book also provides, for the first time, a comprehensive description and extensive illustrated list of the more than 220 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes available via seed programs in Australia today. What also sets Tomato apart, is the book’s extensive list and description of heirloom tomato pests and diseases, painstakingly researched by gardening expert Karen Sutherland, that includes an indispensable pest and disease chart to help gardeners identify and eradicate them.
Uniquely too, for a gardening book, Tomato includes a substantial dedicated cooking and recipe section, where internationally award-winning cookbook author, Janice Sutton, explains not only how to preserve tomatoes and create the perfect tomato passatta, but also delves into the enticing realm of heirloom tomato variety flavours – a complex world as yet, relatively unexplored.
The sumptuous cooking section also contains more than 60 delicious recipes (each with its own beautiful full-page image) shared by a raft of talented chefs, cooks and passionate tomato lovers from throughout Australia and beyond - including some of Australia’s most respected culinary icons: Peter Gilmore, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Sally Wise, Christine Manfield, Mark Olive, Matthew Evans and the Agrarian Kitchen’s Rodney Dunn, who also contributed the foreword for the book, along with renowned ABC Gardening Australia’s Peter Cundall.