Tomatoes are one of the most popular, delicious and versatile cookery ingredients available. This extensively researched guide encompasses every aspect of the tomato -- from its history and many varieties to the multitude of ways to cook and eat it. The informative introductory section starts with the history of the tomato, and includes advice about what to look for when buying tomatoes and how to store them. There are hints for growing your own tomatoes -- whether you have a small patio or a large vegetable garden, you can grow your own deliciously sweet varieties. When the tomato season is over, there are several ways to preserve your harvest so you can enjoy the flavor of tomatoes well into the winter -- from freezing and drying to bottling and making chutneys. The flavor of tomatoes can be enhanced by the addition of fresh herbs and spices. You can find out all about classic combinations of tomatoes with herbs and spices, plus a few tasty new partnerships. Whether you want a soup, snack, main course, or side dish, the comprehensive recipe section of this book has something for everyone. There are ideas for appetizers and salads, vegetarian, meat or fish dishes, plenty of new ideas and many old favorites. Try Onions Stuffed with Goat's Cheese and Sun-dried Tomatoes for an impressive appetizer, or Roasted Plum Tomatoes with Garlic for a tasty lunch. There is a wide range of international recipes to choose from -- try the classic French Ratatouille, hearty Spanish Pork and Sausage Casserole, or exotic Moroccan Chickpea Tagine. Tomato will inspire you, and help you get the most out of one of our most delicious ingredients. Book jacket.