This laugh-out-loud gardening memoir (who knew gardening could be funny!?!), written by William Alexander, had me in stitches. I flew through the pages with Alexander as he chronicled his triumphs and falters in the quest to keep up with the ever-growing demands of his Hudson Valley vegetable garden and orchard. The $64 Tomato is so much more than just a book about a gardener; it’s the story of one man’s quest to do right by his family and his land, by growing real foods with real nutritional value at what winds up being the all too real price of $64 per tomato! His story is intertwined with family sagas, animal “tails”, even recipe ideas. It was the perfect readable escape to indulge in while stuck on planes back and forth from Chicago and lounging poolside on steamy afternoons in The Buff. As summer draws to a close, I tried holding on to the sizzling days and warm nights by diving into this tell-all that is equal parts how-to and how-not-to garden. I don’t even have a garden, but Alexander’s story would wet anyone’s appetite to grow green thumbs (not to mention Green Zebra heirloom toms). After all, it is tomato season.
Who would have thought that a little novel about a garden could make this city slicker long to dig my hands in dirt? If you are looking for one last food-forward summer read this is the cream of the crop. It might even inspire you to set gardening plans into motion for next season…it did me. Dirt, worms and homegrown produce, here I come! That’s a promise. Check out William’s website or purchase the book here. Eat it up!