March 2020 Non-Fiction Backlist Highlight

Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast Penny Woodward, Janice Sutton, Karen Sutherland

Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast
Penny Woodward, Janice Sutton, Karen Sutherland

Gold Winner in the Home & Garden category  Independent Publisher Book Awards

Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast is a new hardback book celebrating Australian heirloom tomatoes. These colourful heritage gems are full to bursting with juicy deliciousness and are enjoying a renaissance in Australia today. Inspired by this, horticultural expert and author, Penny Woodward thought it timely to create this book brimming with information about heirloom tomatoes, so that tomato lovers throughout Australia could identify, learn to grow and enjoy them. Tomato explains why a 'red tomato is red', why 'real tomatoes' taste so good, and why tomatoes are so 'good for you'.

The book also leads both experienced and aspiring gardeners through the practice of organic heirloom tomato growing and explores the history of heirloom tomato varieties in Australia. The book also provides, for the first time, a comprehensive description and extensive illustrated list of the more than 220 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes available from seed suppliers in Australia today. What also sets Tomato apart, is the book's extensive list and description of heirloom tomato pests and diseases, painstakingly researched by gardening expert Karen Sutherland, that includes an indispensable pest and disease chart to help gardeners identify and control them. Uniquely too, for a gardening book, Tomato includes a substantial dedicated cooking and recipe section, where internationally award-winning cookbook author, Janice Sutton, explains not only how to preserve tomatoes and create the perfect tomato passatta, but also delves into the enticing realm of heirloom tomato variety flavours. 

The cooking section also contains more than 60 delicious recipes (each with its own beautiful full-page image) shared by a raft of talented chefs, cooks and passionate tomato lovers from throughout Australia and beyond - including some of Australia's most respected culinary icons: Peter Gilmore, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Sally Wise, Christine Manfield, Mark Olive, Matthew Evans and the Agrarian Kitchen's Rodney Dunn.

'This is the ultimate book on tomatoes, brimming with information based on experience. It covers everything anyone ever needed to know about selecting, growing and using the best and tastiest tomatoes in all districts and climates.' — Gardening Australia presenter Peter Cundall

'The five things to love about this glorious encyclopaedia of all things 'tomatoey' could simply be in its title: Tomato: know sow grow feast. From the humble fruit (that's correct, it's not a vegetable!) itself through all stages – from the sowing to the feasting, it can bring joy to your soul and to your tastebuds...this is the ultimate book on tomatoes.' —

'Written by a trio of passionate experts who are leaders in their respective fields, this Australian book gives a comprehensive overview of one of our favourite food plants. It tells us how to breed, grow, source and use tomatoes and includes delicious recipes. In his foreword Peter Cundall describes it as 'the ultimate book on tomatoes'. — Our Gardens magazine