Please join us in welcoming author William Alexander to celebrate the release of his book Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World: A History. Touted by reviewers as "one of America's funniest writers" and "engaging, funny, and down-to-earth," William will be a delight for anyone who enjoys culinary and historical travelogues with nary a stale moment.
Beginning as a small, bitter berry in South America the tomato might be considered the Zelig of the vegetable world, present at so many important world events — witness to the overnight vaporization of an ancient and thriving civilization, victim of the excesses of the Renaissance, and revolutionizer of the diet of a new nation — you wonder how it could have been missed. And yet the world's most popular vegetable is often overlooked, if not downright vilified. In the first comprehensive biography of the tomato I bring this remarkable vegetable to life, focusing on ten great events in the life of the tomato. And I guarantee, after reading this book, you will never look at the tomato (or a pizza, or bowl of spaghetti) the same way.
"From the man who grew us The $64 Tomato, William Alexander is back in the garden...as well as in pizzerias in Naples (Italy), a ketchup factory, the local Pizza Hut, large-scale tomatoes farms in Naples (Florida), and the farmers markets where heirloom tomatoes are having their day in the sun, again. Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World is a fascinating and funny tell-all tale of how ten tomatoes are shaping our lives in unusual, unexpected, and (in some cases) very delicious directions."-- David Lebovitz, author of Drinking French and My Paris Kitchen
"William Alexander is a delightful guide on this whirlwind tour of the tomato's influence on global cuisine and culture. His trademark blend of history, botany, memoir and travelogue make Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World a captivating--and appetizing--read for gardeners and cooks alike."-- Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist
William Alexander is the author of four critically-acclaimed books, a frequent NPR guest, and an occasional NY Times op-ed contributor. He's the author of four books, including the best-seller The $64 Tomato. Visit William Alexander's website here.