Barry Estabrook’s Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit chronicles the decline of the tomato from a nutritious staple to the now perfectly spherical and tasteless supermarket version. Along with a comprehensive history of the tomato, Estabrook details the environmental damage and human toll caused by industrialized tomato growing. The book is based on Estabrook’s James Beard award-winning article entitled “Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes” that appeared in Gourmet Magazine in 2009.
Selected Reviews of Tomatoland
Ruth Riechl: “In my ten years as editor of Gourmet Magazine, the article I am proudest to have published was Barry Estabrook’s ‘The Price of Tomatoes.’ If you have ever eaten a tomato – or ever plan to – you must read Tomatoland. It will change the way you think about America’s most popular ‘vegetable.’”
The Washington Post Review: “Estabrook’s exposure of the resulting environmental and human tragedies places Tomatoland in the tradition of the best muckraking journalism, from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle to Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.”