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Pomodoro!: A History of the Tomato in Italy

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More than just the beloved base ingredient of so many of our favorite dishes, the tomato has generated both profound riches and controversy in its farming, processing, exchange, and consumption. It is a crop infused with national pride and passion for those who grow it, and a symbol of Old World nostalgia for those who claim its history and legacy.

Over time, the tomato has
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published May 28th 2010 by Columbia University Press (first published 2010)
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Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The humble tomato has an intriguing history. For many its real history is unknown or irrespective. Italy is said to be THE tomato country. It forms the base of many key Italian dishes, after all yet the reality is quite different… Not so many people will acknowledge Mexico as being the origin of this red, shiny fruit (yes! fruit, technically a tomato is not a vegetable).
Here is an interesting studious, serious, light-hearted and detailed look at the humble tomato, its history and its positioning
Chris Aylott
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
A deep dive into the five-hundred-year history of tomatoes in Italy. A bit on the academic side, as you might expect from the university publisher, but quite readable and sometimes fun. What stands out to me is how much "traditional" cuisine is a work in progress, something that grows and changes and becomes almost unrecognizable over time. In many ways, the Italians discovered "Italian food" at the same time we did, and it is only in the last century that the dishes we associate with Italy beca ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Simply a lovely read. One might think: how much can be said about the history of a fruit (no wait, a vegetable all but botanically speaking), but it is much more than that. It is also a story of how society changes, of how circumstances and seemingly pure chance direct the course of history of so many things and indeed also the history of the pomodoro, tomatl, the golden apple, love apple, paradise apple. A fine book.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Very in-depth look at the history of the tomato in Italy. Mostly interesting and entertaining, with a few dry patches here and there. My more detailed review is here:
Ken Albala
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loads of fun, and I'll admit I'm biased. I suggested the title too, it seems.
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