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Book Review – Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

Updated on May 16, 2010

There's not much that tastes better than a vine ripened tomato. While they are available year-round in many locations, there's just something special about fresh tomatoes picked at the heart of the summer season. They're delicious sliced and served plain, but also form the basis of many wonderful recipes.

If you're a true fan of tomatoes, you're sure to love Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook. Written by Lawrence Davis-Hollander, this delightful cookbook is packed with 150 delicious, easy to prepare recipes featuring several varieties of fresh tomatoes. You'll find instructions to prepare many wonderful dishes with fresh tomatoes, including cocktails, side dishes, appetizers, and even desserts.

About the Book

The book opens with a chapter that details the art of cooking with heirloom tomatoes. Don't skip this section in your haste to get to the recipes. It includes definitions of key terms specific to the different types of tomatoes. If you've ever wondered just how one variety really differs from another you'll find the information provided very interesting.

There is also a wealth of useful information that can help you master the art of choosing perfect tomatoes, whether you're in your own garden, the local farmer's market, or your favorite supermarket. Additional tips are provided that can help you learn how to properly peel and seed fresh tomatoes, as well as information on how to prepare fresh tomatoes for cooking.

Mixed in with the recipes, you'll find additional tidbits and facts about tomatoes, as well as beautiful food photography that shows of some of the mouthwatering dishes featured in the book.

Recipe Selections

There are many wonderful recipes in Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook. Some of the delicious dishes that you'll learn how to make include:

  • Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Smoked Trout
  • Fresh Rainbow Salsa
  • Green Tomato Chocolate Cake
  • Roasted Heirloom Tomato Sauce
  • Spiced Tomato and Chickpea Dip
  • Tomato Basil Quiche
  • Tomato Consomm√© Martini
  • Tomato Custard Pie
  • Tomato and Citrus Marmalade
  • Tomato Salmon Bisque
  • Zucchini and Tomatoes with Cream
  • Many other mouth-watering dishes

Ready to Prepare These Great Tomato Recipes Yourself?

If you love tomatoes, Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook is a must-have addition to your cookbook collection. It's also a great gift idea for any of your friends and family members who have home vegetable gardens or who look forward to the opportunity to purchase and enjoy fresh tomatoes every summer.

About the Author

Lawrence Davis-Hollander founded the Eastern Native Seed Conservancy, a not for profit organization that is dedicated to rediscovering heirloom plants and preserving seeds. . He serves as the organization's director and continues to be involved in its horticulture program. He holds a Master's degree from Harvard University and trained as a botanist and ecologist at Connecticut College.


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    askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh my! The roasted heirloom tomato sauces sounds absolutely delicious. A cookbook focused on tomatoes? How wonderful!

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    I agree, I live on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, on the Pennsylvania side. The New Jersey tomato is considered the very best tomato on the east coast. Good work on your part

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    rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

    Oh geez, I found it in the ad near the top of the text...I didn't see it there until I went back to make sure I hadn't missed it!

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    rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

    Great hub! I craved tomatoes like crazy when I was pregnant-anything that even had a hint of tomato in it was ok with me! I've always loved tomatoes, though. Quick question: where can we get this? Amazon, maybe? Thanks :)