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edible review ALL THINGS TOMATO New book covers the subject stem to salsa S ummer doesn’t get much better than a thick slice of juicy heirloom tomato on two slices of fresh bread. But if only growing great tomatoes were as simple as making my favorite summer sand-wich! Between aphids, too much shade and forget-ting to fertilize, most years I’m better off buying my Brandywines and Cherokee Purples from the farm-ers market than harvesting the ones on my patio. But this year things might be diff erent. I’ve just got my hands on a copy of Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time , Craig LeHoullier’s encyclopedia of a how-to handbook that walks home gardeners through every step of the growing process from selecting varieties to preparing the soil to harvesting. For novices like myself, the book includes a problem-solving section on common pests and diseases (emphasizing natural approaches to pest and disease management). For more advanced growers, LeHoullier explains the ins and outs of seed saving and cross-breeding your own varieties. Summer 2015 Mixed in with his gardening know-how, LeHoullier has included a handful of classic tomato recipes: gazpacho, salsa fresca, sauce, plus a primer on canning. Epic Tomatoes may be all that I need to grow and enjoy truly great tomatoes—or at least make the sandwich of my dreams with my own Brandywines. —By Maya Parson Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time By Craig LeHoullier Storey Publishing, 2015 Maya Parson is the editor o f Edible Michiana. Jessica Flores is a li f elong resident o f Bremen, IN. She has been painting in watercolor f or about 20 years. She also enjoys working with vintage f abrics and blending other media, such as ink, pencil, vintage paper and oil pastel into her watercolor work. 42 edible Michiana

Edible Review

All Things Tomato
New book covers the subject stem to salsa

Summer doesn't get much better than a thick slice of juicy heirloom tomato on two slices of fresh bread. But if only growing great tomatoes were as simple as making my favorite summer sandwich! Between aphids, too much shade and forgetting to fertilize, most years I'm better off buying my Brandywines and Cherokee Purples from the farmers market than harvesting the ones on my patio.

But this year things might be different. I've just got my hands on a copy of Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time, Craig LeHoullier's encyclopedia of a how-to handbook that walks home gardeners through every step of the growing process from selecting varieties to preparing the soil to harvesting. For novices like myself, the book includes a problem-solving section on common pests and diseases (emphasizing natural approaches to pest and disease management). For more advanced growers, LeHoullier explains the ins and outs of seed saving and cross-breeding your own varieties.

Mixed in with his gardening know-how, LeHoullier has included a handful of classic tomato recipes: gazpacho, salsa fresca, sauce, plus a primer on canning. Epic Tomatoes may be all that I need to grow and enjoy truly great tomatoes–or at least make the sandwich of my dreams with my own Brandywines.

–By Maya Parson

Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best
Varieties of All Time
By Craig LeHoullier
Storey Publishing, 2015

Maya Parson is the editor of Edible Michiana.

Jessica Flores is a lifelong resident of Bremen, IN. She has been painting in watercolor for about 20 years. She also enjoys working with vintage fabrics and blending other media, such as ink, pencil, vintage paper and oil pastel into her watercolor work.

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