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Starred Review. 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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"The lust for local flavor finds an eloquent spokesman in Russ Parsons..."How to Pick a Peach" is his answer to the somber reality of the supermarket produce section." (New York TImes )See all Editorial Reviews
I expected more information on fruits and vegetables and did not need more recipes in my life. Have enough cookbooks already. Jutta FulfordPublished 7 months ago by Jutta Fulford
I haven't read the whole book, but I've read many of Russ Parson's columns in the LA Times. He knows what he is talking about. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Always learning
Great reference book for dealing with any fruit or veggie. How to select and store. I have been using it for years.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful writer writing a wonderful collection of facts and information about oh, so many fruits and vegetables! A must for ever cook . . . or green grocery shopper.Published 19 months ago by Edward C. Hartman
This book can help you pick better fresh fruit. It has some good recipes too. But reading how strawberries (and other fruits) have been cultivated to what they are today was... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by IVY
How to Pick a Peach contains lots of food selection, storage and handling information that was new to me. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by ThirstyBrooks
Very informative. I found myself running to my fridge to remove the limes and lemons (which deteriorate quicker in the fridge) and making notes to myself to make sure that I let my... Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by MV
I love this book by Russ Parsons, on a variety of farm fresh items with recipes. This is a fantastic book and I think very highly of the book. Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Kate Runyan