South Florida grows most of the tomatoes used in food service and sold in grocery stores.
The tomato is in trouble. The tomatoes in Big Macs and Taco Bell tacos and in supermarkets, especially in the winter, all come from the same place: South Florida. "Tomatoland," Barry Estabrook calls it – that's the title of his new book. Those tomato fields are "ground zero for modern-day slavery" – that's what the Chief Assistant US Attorney there says. And there's one other problem: those tomatoes taste like cardboard.
House Republicans pushed back a vote on their debt limit package until Thursday; they'll search for more spending cuts to equal Speaker John Boehner's initial claim that the bill would trim $1 billion dollars in federal spending, according to Politico.
During summer vacation, part of me wants to spend my hard-earned sheckles traveling the world and eating amazing food. The other part of me just wants to lie on the couch with a good book. Now, thanks to five delicious new food memoirs, I can do both.
The books — written by a reluctant, bad-girl chef; an avant-garde restaurateur; a slacker with a love of roast chicken; a Mideast war correspondent; and an American in Paris — are about love affairs with food, and the journeys that led their authors into the kitchen.