I’ll start my review with, I do not like tomatoes. Well, in sauce forms I’m good, but not just as a tomato, or juice or soup. However, I don’t feel I need to be a lover of a food to review a cookbook about it. I review on the photos, the descriptions and instructions, as well as a few other things. So here I am reviewing a tomato recipe book because I know others out there love tomatoes.
In TOMATO LOVE, after a 5 page introduction which includes the different varieties of tomatoes and other info, author Joy Howard shares 44 recipes of this very versatile fruit (Yes, it’s a fruit!). While not as many recipes as you might expect a cookbook to have, there are some interesting recipe for tomatoes many of us have never thought about. Here are just a few . . . Mushroom, Kale, and Tomato Strata, Pan con Tomate, Caramelized Onion and Tomato Jam, Sun-Dried Tomato-White Bean Dip, Patlican Soslu, Gingery Bacon-Tomato Fried Rice, Grilled Cilantro-Basil Chicken Skewers with Orzo Pilaf, Oven-Baked Cod with Dill and Sungolds, more.
There are beautiful color photos in TOMATO LOVE. Looks to be one for each dish. Again, I’m not a tomato fan, I have no doubt the photos will make you hungry.
I’m wasn’t sure what sort of recipes would be included in this book, but I thought more of them would be tomato centric, the tomato being the star of the show. While there are creative dishes where the tomato shines, in many recipes the fruit seems to be just an edible garnish.