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Monday, July 19, 2010

‘Search for the Perfect Tomato’ at Boswell Book Co.

Plus: Tim McNulty to appear at Haggerty, Woodland Pattern

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Tomatoes, those sweet, succulent fruits that are often (alas, incorrectly) referred to as "vegetables" in grocery stores and cookbooks, have grown to become America’s most popular garden annuals.In the new book Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato, Arthur Allen investigates the history of the tomato and the global industry that produces the delectable fruit that is enjoyed by millions of people every day.

Allen seeks a variety of answers to questions ranging from how tomatoes get to our dinner table to why some don’t taste very appetizing once they get there. Ripe reads in an engaging and evocative style, often with a firsthand perspective as Allen recounts his experiences of picking tomatoes with immigrant workers and speaking with the corporate giants that have institutionalized the tomato into our diets. A surprisingly dramatic tale that examines the variety, flavor and texture of tomatoes through a combination of reporting, research and narratives, Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato will make readers crave the elusive “perfect” tomato as well as appreciate the effect of food production on public health and the environment.

Allen has served as an Associated Press foreign correspondent and a contributor for numerous magazines and newspapers, from The New York Times Magazine to The Washington Post.Allen is currently the science reporter for WashingtonIndependent.com. He will be discussing Ripe at Boswell Book Co. on Sunday, July 25, from 2-3 p.m.Boswellwill also host a Green Market from 2-6 p.m. that afternoon.

On Wednesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art, poet, essayist and nature writer Tim McNulty will deliver a presentation based on his book Olympic National Park: A Natural History.McNulty is a passionate spokesman on environmental preservation and has penned numerous publications on natural history. His works have won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award.In addition to his appearance at the Haggerty, McNulty will appear the next day, July 29, at 7 p.m. at Woodland Pattern Book Center to read some of his poetry.