Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World: A History (Compact Disc)

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Have you ever been curious about the invention and subsequent regulation of ketchup? The first GMO food? Canadian greenhouses? Dad jokes? A Salem colonial climbing vines eating tomatoes to the horrified dismay of onlookers? Then yeah, you’ll probably enjoy this book. This fun historical read had me spouting off tomato facts to anyone who would listen. Plus, you just might learn how to spot a genuine San Marzano tomato.

— Boogie


New York Times bestselling author William Alexander takes readers on the surprisingly twisty journey of the beloved tomato in this fascinating and erudite microhistory.The tomato gets no respect. Never has. Lost in the dustbin of history for centuries, accused of being vile and poisonous, subjected to being picked hard-green and gassed, even used as a projectile, the poor tomato has become the avatar for our disaffection with industrial foods -- while becoming the most popular vegetable in America (and, in fact, the world). Each summer, tomato festivals crop up across the country; the Heinz ketchup bottle, instantly recognizable, has earned a spot in the Smithsonian; and now the tomato is redefining the very nature of farming, moving from fields into climate-controlled mega-greenhouses the size of New England villages. Supported by meticulous research and told in a lively, accessible voice, Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World seamlessly weaves travel, history, humor, and a little adventure (and misadventure) to follow the tomato's trail through history. A fascinating story complete with heroes, con artists, conquistadors, and--no surprise--the Mafia, this book is a mouth-watering, informative, and entertaining guide to the food that has captured our hearts for generations.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781668615577
ISBN-10: 1668615576
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Language: English