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The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm

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A cookbook showcasing the luscious flavor of peaches in 50 sweet and savory dishes, drawing on the life stories and experiences of America's foremost peach farming family, the Masumotos of California's central valley.

Enjoy the luscious versatility of summer’s finest fruit with fifty sweet and savory dishes.
 
The Masumoto family’s amazing heirloom peaches—which are available
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Elizabeth
Let me be completely honest…I own a ridiculous amount of cookbooks. So many that I have a full book shelf in my kitchen and the rest are now taking up half of a double bookshelf in my living room. It seems I have a problem. Well, in today’s world with today’s technology with e-readers and apps like Pinterest, is there really any need for a traditional cookbook anymore? I will answer this for myself- Yes, there is. I’ve also been known to say I don’t buy books based on covers, however, cookbooks ...more
Sandra Lassiter
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A cookbook showcasing the luscious flavor of peaches in 50 sweet and savory dishes, drawing on the life stories and experiences of America's foremost peach farming family, the Masumotos of California's central valley.

Everything you need to know about peaches, and then some!! Partly the story of the Masumoto Farm, and partly a cookbook, this book is a gem. I had no idea you could do so much with a peach! I will be honest and say that some of the recipes did not remotely appeal to me, but most loo
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Darren
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Is there really a need for a book solely of peach-related recipes? Apparently so, and that might not be a bad thing either!

This is perhaps a showcase book, highlighting the flexibility of the humble peach, as viewed through the eyes of "America's foremost peach farming family". Mixed in with the recipes is the life story of the family and, of course, masses upon masses of information about the peach. Certainly after looking through this book you cannot be anything other than amazed about the pot
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Caitlin
I received a free ebook copy of this from NetGalley.

There are two critical components to this book, as the name implies; however, I found myself relatively uninterested in the stories portion and so will not be reviewing it here. There is some interesting information, of course, in the 'lessons' sections for instance, but I really came for the recipes.

Though I will spare a quick moment to admit I rolled my eyes at stories that talked of "Peach Virginity" and "Peach Porn."

I have to say I was some
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Dana
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great cookbook. Every recipe uses really fresh ingredients, and the Masumotos’ love for their peaches exudes through every word. The authors are referred to on a first name basis throughout, and by the end, they feel almost like family to the reader. The articles interspersed in between delicious recipes are written in a conversational, confidential tone while providing thoughtful insight. At times, the essays did feel a bit too technical for my tastes (an in-depth exploration of the v ...more
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Elizabeth's 3.5 Star Review has been posted on the blog here: http://literatiliteraturelovers.com/2...

This was not the best cookbook I've ever read but it was still somewhat enjoyable and I did learn a few things about peaches. Could have used more photos and recipes and there is a discrepancy between two recipes based on my own opinion and my background/training as a Pastry chef. Would recommend this book as a gift to peach fans or for anyone wanting an ingredient specific cookbook.
Geni Mercado
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book through one of the various newsletters I receive. After reading the entire book, I was excited about making some of the recipes and learned so much about peaches. I loved the stories shared by the authors and can relate to a couple of them while i was living next to a peach farm as a kid. I am not one to write reviews but I felt compelled to share these few words and I would recommend this book to anyone!
Beckey
Tell me who don’t like peaches?
The book is more than just a cookbook of recipes; it also has some additional information as well.
The recipes in the book seem like they would be both enjoyable and delicious.
I am looking forward to trying the peach salsa and peach glazed as soon as fresh peaches come available in my area.
The book was an ARC for an honest review
Jocelin
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was not aware of all the different types of peaches there were. The history of this peach farm was interesting as well. It is really special when a father can pass done his passion to his family. Great cookbook, it's a little limited because its only about peaches.
Tracey
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cookbook/family history. Excellent tips for adapting recipes for sweeter/tarter, juicier/firmer peaches, as well as ways to freeze, dry, and otherwise salvage your surplus.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

I can't wait to make some of these. I love peaches.

The photos were beautiful.
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David "Mas" Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer and author of Epitaph for a Peach (1995), which offers a glimpse of life on a family farm in Central California, Letters to the Valley, A Harvest of Memories (2004), Four Seasons in Five Senses, Things Worth Savoring (2003), and Harvest Son, Planting Roots in American Soil (1998). His organic farming techniques have been employed by farmers ...more