How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table

Russ Parsons, Author
Russ Parsons, Author . Houghton Mifflin $27 (412p) ISBN 978-0-618-46348-0
Reviewed on: 04/02/2007
Release date: 05/01/2007
Paperback - 412 pages - 978-0-547-05380-6
Open Ebook - 432 pages - 978-0-547-34776-9
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Equal parts cookbook, agricultural history, chemistry lesson and produce buying guide, this densely packed book is a food-lover's delight. California food writer Parsons (How to Read a French Fry ) begins with a fascinating tale of agribusiness trumping our taste buds en route to supplying year-round on-demand produce, and how farmer's markets are bringing back both appreciation of, and access to, local and seasonal foods. He then takes readers on a delectable season-by-season produce tour, from springtime Artichokes Stuffed with Ham and Pine Nuts to midwinter Candied Citrus Peel, and provides readers with the lowdown on where each fruit or vegetable is grown and how to choose, store and prepare it. Along the way, he detours into low-stress jam making, the chemistry of tomato flavor, a portrait of two peach-growing stars of the Santa Monica farmer's market and why cucumbers make some people burp. For readers who have always wondered where their food comes from, why it tastes the way it does and how to pick a peach, a melon or a green bean, this book will be an invaluable resource. (May)

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