Simply Tomato: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Your Favorite Ingredient All Year Long

Artisan. Jun. 2023. 248p. ISBN 9781648290374. $30. COOKING
Gardeners who find themselves overwhelmed with fresh tomatoes each summer will appreciate this cookbook from food writer and chef Holmberg (Grains for Every Season). Holmberg starts with details that display her expertise and background as a chef: the organization of the book, non-tomato ingredients, and some general thoughts on cooking, tasting, serving size, and tomato preparation. After an overview of different-colored tomatoes that one might grow or buy (red, green, pink), a summary of tomato terminology (grape, pear, on-the-vine), and a few words advocating for the humble yet essential canned tomato, the book gets to the recipes at the heart of this title. Taking readers from snacks (fresh tomato salsa that clings to the chip) and drinks (tomato shrub), to salads, soups, and, of course, pastas (tomato-leaf and basil pesto), this book will help make the most of a summer garden. Main and side dishes (paella-style tomato-saffron rice) are covered as well, as are tomato tarts and pastries.
VERDICT This cookbook is simply lovely, with tomato-centered recipes to inspire and delight through summer and beyond.
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