Cookbook author and food stylist Joy Howard celebrates the modern cook's easy access to a bountiful variety of fresh, canned and bottled tomatoes with a collection of 44 beautifully photographed, colorful recipes. Tomato Love highlights the endless versatility of this humble, indispensable fruit. Along with tempting breakfast and brunch suggestions, meaty main dishes, vegetarian offerings, salads, soups, stews and snacks, Tomato Love covers foundational basics, such as no-cook tomato sauce, any-day red sauce and a delectable barbecue sauce that incorporates the best of sweet, spicy and smoky flavors. Howard's recipe for a vibrant tomato vinaigrette couldn't be any simpler to execute, yet its startling medley of flavors will render this dressing a tasty new favorite.
A helpful introductory section offers guidance on storing and preparing different types of fresh tomatoes--including beefsteak, Campari, cherry, grape, Roma and heirloom varieties--for maximum flavor and impact in every dish. Beyond fresh tomatoes, several recipes in Tomato Love rely on easily accessible pantry options, including sun-dried tomatoes with their concentrated power and the incredibly versatile ketchup.
Howard's tomato and goat cheese tart, based on a French recipe, is an herb-infused, mustard-laced delight, and her version of the Turkish dish Patlican Soslu is a flavorful menu option for summer nights. Author of the delightful children's cookbook Disney Eats, Howard writes a regular column about cooking with children for EatingWell magazine. With a focus on appealing, family-friendly recipes, there is something for every cook in this slender volume, brimming with deliciousness. --Shahina Piyarali, reviewer