Sunday, April 27, 2008

Book Review - the $64 Dollar Tomato

(Note: Another post in one week - just to disprove my last post!)

Jesse and I just finished our read-aloud: The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden by William Alexander.

Although we don't have much of a garden (other than a couple pots on our patio), we really enjoyed this book together. Alexander is a witty writer and knows how to tell a story. His escapades with his kitchen garden are, in many places, hilarious. His battles against deer, groundhogs (and one he calls "Superchuck"), squirrels, opposums, and webworms had us rolling.

While he has what we termed a "yuppie" approach to gardening (hiring a garden designer to come design his kitchen garden, as one example), it is an enjoyable read full of anecdotes over the years and I found myself learning quite a bit about gardening as well. This was especially fun as a read-aloud because of it's episodic nature. If you are road tripping and looking for a fun, fast-paced read, this might be the one for you!

P.S. In browsing around, I discovered that Alexander has a blog: He doesn't update it much, though, and he is apparently working on a new book... about wheat and bread... interesting?

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