Blithe Tomato

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Heyday, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 199 pages
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Cultural Writing. Biography. Across America, people are escaping fluorescent-lit grocery store aisles to rediscover the fresh, seasonal offerings of the farmers' market. A new and thriving culture has sprung up as thousands gather each weekend to pinch, poke, smell, and probe the produce-and at times each other. Who knew that buying peaches and eggplants could be such fun? Mike Madison, who raises organic flowers, melons, olives, and apricots, has been setting up at these markets for over twenty years. With keen observations and sly wit, Madison presents a series of essays and vignettes that introduce us to the characters who make our food, the economy that produces it, and the spirit that has placed farmers' markets among the fastest growing movements in the country.
  

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User Review  - dooney - LibraryThing

I expected these short essays to be a bit frivolous perhaps, something you read once and toss, perhaps more strident in a my-way-is-better-than-your-way fashion, or perhaps I expected the over ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mardel Fehrenbach - Goodreads

I expected this collection of short essays to be a bit frivolous perhaps, something you read once and toss, perhaps more strident in a my-way-is-better-than-your-way fashion, or perhaps I expected the ... Read full review

Contents

January
3
Gophers
9
Beautiful Women
18
On My Fathers Farm
27
The Farmer Bakes a Cake
42
Perfect Tomato
48
Bouquet of Flowers
53
Two Economies
59
Nuggets of Wisdom
101
The Miners
109
Eat Bitterness
115
Fathers
127
We Eat Like Peasants
135
October
149
Rob Swenson
157
Bride to Be
164

Bob Johnson
67
Frank and Lisa Ricci
73
Jeepers Creepers
79
Listening to Lilac
85
Turnip Man
91
Dan Gonzalez
170
Fiftysomething
181
Mowing with a Scythe
192
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About the author (2006)

Mike Madison lives with his wife, Dianne, in Winters, California, where they operate a small truck farm in the Sacramento Valley.

Deborah Madison grew up in Davis, California and later attended the University of California. Madison worked in the kitchen at the Zen Center in San Francisco then left to cook at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Later, she returned to Zen Center to become the first chef at The Greens in Fort Mason. Madison has contributed articles to Saveur, Fine Cooking, Gourmet, Eating Well, and the Time-Life Cookbook Series. She has written "The Greens Cookbook" and "The Savory Way," which won the Cookbook of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Madison has also received the M. F. K. Fisher Mid-Career Award.

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