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Too Many Tomatoes

"Tomatoes have their own glow, and benign grandeur." -Pablo Neruda, Ode to the Tomato

Check out the full poem here: Odes to Common Things

In my family there is no such thing as too many tomatoes; all season long they are sliced, diced and added to a plethora of recipes including my summertime favorite, tomato pie. Last summer, I attempted to extend my love of tomatoes from the kitchen to the garden by growing and harvesting them on my own. However, I quickly learned that I am not the only one who appreciates a ripe, red tomato as I frequently watched them being carried away by neighborhood squirrels. Richland Library has many books dedicated to growing and cooking with tomatoes- including tips for protecting your harvest from pesky intruders. See our list of recommended books below. And if that is not enough, checkout The 5th Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival happening this Saturday, July 19th.


Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook by Lawrence Davis-Hollander
Amazon Says: Featuring delicious recipes for everything from salsas and sauces to soups, salads, pizzas, tarts, main dishes, side dishes, and even a few desserts, this is the collection ev more...
Amazon Says: Featuring delicious recipes for everything from salsas and sauces to soups, salads, pizzas, tarts, main dishes, side dishes, and even a few desserts, this is the collection every tomato lover is craving! You'll love Tomato and Corn Salsa, Catalan Tomato Toasts, Risotto of Heirloom Confit Tomatoes and Roasted Mushrooms, Shrimp Creole, Easy Curried Chicken, West African Stew, Zucchini and Tomatoes with Cream, and Tomato Sorbet. And of course there are delectable versions of all the classic tomato dishes--Fried Green Tomatoes, Bloody Marys, Marinara Sauce, and Eggplant Parmagiana. There is even a whole chapter devoted to preserving tomatoes, with innovative recipes for ketchup, chutneys, jams, canned or dried tomatoes, and more. less...
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Amazon Says: This new cookbook from the author of A World of Dumplings features over 100 easy-to-follow recipes for everything from down-home fried green tomatoes and classic ketchup to sp more...
Amazon Says: This new cookbook from the author of A World of Dumplings features over 100 easy-to-follow recipes for everything from down-home fried green tomatoes and classic ketchup to spicy gazpacho, and even sweet and succulent desserts. Yarvin also includes basic instructions on how to process and preserve your harvest. The tomato bases that you create will provide the basis for many of the recipes featured in the book. Vibrant photographs accompany recipes for salads, side dishes, soups, meat, poultry, and fish dishes, pizzas and calzones, salsas, and sauces that span the globe. 224 color less...
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Amazon Says: Bill Alexander had no idea that his simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard would lead him into life-and-death battles with groundhogs, we more...
Amazon Says: Bill Alexander had no idea that his simple dream of having a vegetable garden and small orchard in his backyard would lead him into life-and-death battles with groundhogs, webworms, weeds, and weather; midnight expeditions in the dead of winter to dig up fresh thyme; and skirmishes with neighbors who feed the vermin (i.e., deer). Not to mention the vacations that had to be planned around the harvest, the near electrocution of the tree man, the limitations of his own middle-aged body, and the pity of his wife and kids. When Alexander runs (just for fun!) a costbenefit analysis, adding up everything from the live animal trap to the Velcro tomato wraps and then amortizing it over the life of his garden, it comes as quite a shock to learn that it cost him a staggering $64 to grow each one of his beloved Brandywine tomatoes. But as any gardener will tell you, you can't put a price on the unparalleled pleasures of providing fresh food for your family. less...
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Tomato by DK Publishing
Amazon Says: Tomatoes are by far the most popular edible vegetable or fruit grown in gardens- US plant nurseries and seed websites stock many more varieties of tomatoes than any other vege more...
Amazon Says: Tomatoes are by far the most popular edible vegetable or fruit grown in gardens- US plant nurseries and seed websites stock many more varieties of tomatoes than any other vegetable or fruit. The popularity of heirloom varieties has further fueled interest. Aimed at both food-lovers and gardeners, The Tomato Book showcases the different varieties and shows how to grow them-in pots, hanging baskets, grow bags, under glass, and outdoors-and harvest tomatoes, as well as cooking and preserving them. less...
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Amazon Says: Everything you need to know about selecting, growing, and preparing delicious tomatoes. more...
Amazon Says: Everything you need to know about selecting, growing, and preparing delicious tomatoes. less...
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Amazon Says: Situated beautifully at the intersection of Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, and Barbara Kingsolver, Heirloom is an inspiring, elegiac, and gorgeously written memoir about redisco more...
Amazon Says: Situated beautifully at the intersection of Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, and Barbara Kingsolver, Heirloom is an inspiring, elegiac, and gorgeously written memoir about rediscovering an older and still vital way of life. Fourteen years ago, Tim Stark was living in Brooklyn, working days as a management consultant, and writing unpublished short stories by night. One evening, chancing upon a Dumpster full of discarded lumber, he carried the lumber home and built a germination rack for thousands of heirloom tomato seedlings. His crop soon outgrew the brownstone in which it had sprouted, forcing him to cart the seedlings to his family’s farm in Pennsylvania, where they were transplanted into the ground by hand. When favorable weather brought in a bumper crop, Tim hauled his unusual tomatoes to New York City’s Union Square Greenmarket, at a time when the tomato was unanimously red. The rest is history. Today, Eckerton Hill Farm does a booming trade in heirloom tomatoes and obscure chile peppers. Tim’s tomatoes are featured on the menus of New York City’s most demanding chefs and have even made the cover of Gourmet magazine. less...
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Amazon Says: Based on a James Beard award-winning article from a leading voice on the politics of agribusiness, Tomatoland combines history, legend, passion for taste, and investigative re more...
Amazon Says: Based on a James Beard award-winning article from a leading voice on the politics of agribusiness, Tomatoland combines history, legend, passion for taste, and investigative reporting on modern agribusiness and environmental issues into a revealing, controversial look at the tomato, the fruit we love so much that we eat $4 billion-worth annually. 2012 IACP Award Winner in the Food Matters category Supermarket produce sections bulging with a year-round supply of perfectly round, bright red-orange tomatoes have become all but a national birthright. But in Tomatoland, which is based on his James Beard Award-winning article, "The Price of Tomatoes," investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry. Fields are sprayed with more than one hundred different herbicides and pesticides. Tomatoes are picked hard and green and artificially gassed until their skins acquire a marketable hue. Modern plant breeding has tripled yields, but has also produced fruits with dramatically reduced amounts of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and tomatoes that have fourteen times more sodium than the tomatoes our parents enjoyed. The relentless drive for low costs has fostered a thriving modern-day slave trade in the United States. How have we come to this point?    Estabrook traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to the impoverished town of Immokalee, Florida, a.k.a. the tomato capital of the United States. He visits the laboratories of seedsmen trying to develop varieties that can withstand the rigors of agribusiness and still taste like a garden tomato, and then moves on to commercial growers who operate on tens of thousands of acres, and eventually to a hillside field in Pennsylvania, where he meets an obsessed farmer who produces delectable tomatoes for the nation's top restaurants. Throughout Tomatoland, Estabrook presents a who's who cast of characters in the tomato industry: the avuncular octogenarian whose conglomerate grows one out of every eight tomatoes eaten in the United States; the ex-Marine who heads the group that dictates the size, color, and shape of every tomato shipped out of Florida; the U.S. attorney who has doggedly prosecuted human traffickers for the past decade; and the Guatemalan peasant who came north to earn money for his parents' medical bills and found himself enslaved for two years. Tomatoland reads like a suspenseful whodunit as well as an expose of today's agribusiness systems and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases. less...
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