Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast A book solely about the tomato »

by Penny Woodward, Janice Sutton and Karen Sutherland

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For tomato lovers, gardeners, cooks and all those who love beautiful books comes a new hardcover celebrating Australian heirloom tomatoes. These colourful heritage gems are full to bursting with juicy deliciousness and are enjoying a renaissance in Australia today.

Inspired by this, horticultural expert and author, Penny Woodward thought it timely to create this book brimming with information about heirloom  tomatoes, so that tomato lovers throughout Australia can identify, learn to grow and enjoy them.

Gardening guru Peter Cundall says in his foreword "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."

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 from seed suppliers 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, which includes an indispensable pest and disease chart to help gardeners identify and control 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 passata, but also delves into the enticing realm of heirloom tomato flavours.

Agrarian Kitchen's Rodney Dunn says in his foreword: "As a chef excited by food diversity, tomatoes tick all the boxes with their huge range of shapes, sizes and colours – and there are more and more varieties available every year in a world that has moved towards an industrial model of one size fits all, we have thankfully seen the error of our ways.

We have crawled back from the brink of the hard, tasteless, pale-coloured, insipid excuse for a tomato that is the polar opposite of the vine-ripened, sweet, juicy, umami-laden joy of a well-grown heirloom variety.”

The 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.

Tomato is also supported and part-sponsored by The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens in Hobart. 

Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast by Penny Woodward, Janice Sutton and Karen Sutherland is self published (Tas; Oct 2018; Hc;376pp; RRP A$60.00). It is available directly from the distributor, New South Books and good bookshops. It can also be purchased directly from the authors Penny Woodward , Janice Sutton or Karen Sutherland, and from the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Hobart. 



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