September 03, 2004

Peachy Reading For many of us, a peach is quintessential summer. It's all that's best about summertime. Long, sunny, hot days--homemade peach ice cream, a BBQ beginning with peach sangria and finished with peach cobbler, or just simply fresh from the farmer's market barely blushed, tree-ripened with a burst of sweet juices running down your chin. I find the peach to be sexy with its downy, velvety skin blushed with red and voluptuously curvaceous shape. Good peaches awaken all the senses. Although Georgia may have the immediate association to peaches California is the largest peach source, growing more than half of the world's supply. One of those California growers is David Mas Masumoto, an organic peach farmer, philosopher, in Central California who writes about his practices and peaches in several books. Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm, describes life on the farm and his family's work to save the juicy, flavorful Sun Crest variety of peach. Alice Waters in Chez Panisse Fruit states, "I cannot imagine how anyone could fail to be charmed by Sun Crest's lovely golden skin overlaid by a brilliant red blush." This non-fiction book won the 1995 Julia Child Cookbook Award, among other honors, and earned him a loyal audience of people hungry for writings on finding a deeper connection to the land, and to an agrarian way of life. Over the weekend summer has finally arrived in long hot form here in San Francisco I sat in front of a fan reading David...


what happens to the hole when the donut is gone?

The Typepad Team

Recent Comments