Epitaph for a Peach

Four Seasons on My Family Farm

Author: David M. Masumoto

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061741736

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

View: 7454

A lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly engrossing memoir of one critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach is "a delightful narrative . . . with poetic flair and a sense of humor" (Library Journal). Line drawings.
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Epitaph for a Peach

Four Seasons on My Family Farm

Author: David M. Masumoto

Publisher: HarperOne

ISBN: 9780062510259

Category: Cooking

Page: 256

View: 9705

A lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly engrossing memoir of one critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach is "a delightful narrative . . . with poetic flair and a sense of humor" (Library Journal). Line drawings.
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Wisdom of the Last Farmer

Harvesting Legacies from the Land

Author: David Mas Masumoto

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439182426

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3976

It was when David Mas Masumoto's father had a stroke on the sprawling fields of their farm that the son looked with new eyes on the land where he and generations of his family have toiled for decades. Masumoto -- an organic farmer working the land in California's Central Valley -- farms stories as he farms peaches. In Wisdom of the Last Farmer, an impassioned memoir of revitalization and redemption, he finds the natural connections between generation and succession, fathers and children, booms and declines as he tells the story of his family and their farm. He brings us to the rich earth of America's Fruit Basket, under the vine trellises and canes where grapes are grown, and to the fruit orchards flush with green before harvest, where he uncovers and preserves the age-old wisdom that is fast disappearing in our modern, information-driven world -- and that is urgently needed in this time of food crises and social disruption. Masumoto sees the price the family has paid to grow complex heirloom peaches -- when the market rewards tasteless, big, and red fruits -- and the challenges of maintaining traditions and integrity while working in the modern, high-pressure agricultural marketplace. As his father's health declines along with the profitability of the family farm, Masumoto has the further hard work of nursing his father back to health -- becoming master to the teacher who once schooled him -- and is driven beyond economic concerns to even larger questions of life, death, and renewal. In his gorgeous, lyrical prose, Masumoto conjures the realities of farming life while weaving in the history of American agriculture over the past century, encapsulating universal themes of work along with wisdom that could be gleaned only from the earth. By the end of the workday, he understands the feeling of accomplishment when you've done your best...and discovers that it's when he lets go -- of both his father and control of nature -- that wisdom manifests itself. And, when Masumoto's daughter intends to return to the family farm, hope is found in the generations. In the quiet eloquence of Wisdom of the Last Farmer, you will see how your own destiny is involved in the future of your food, the land, and the farm.
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Four Seasons in Five Senses

Things Worth Savoring

Author: David Mas Masumoto

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393325362

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4903

The author of Harvest Son and Epitaph for a Peach discusses the joys of savoring the process of quality farming, recounting in lavish detail the sensory experience of raising a harvest. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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Harvest Son

Planting Roots in American Soil

Author: David Mas Masumoto

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393319743

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 2264

A Japanese-American farmer recounts the challenges of taking over and renewing his family's farm in Del Rey, California, describing the pains and pleasures of farm work, and the perseverance of his grandmother
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Changing Season

A Father, a Daughter, a Family Farm

Author: David Mas Masumoto,Nikiko Masumoto

Publisher: Heyday Books

ISBN: 9781597143660

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 175

View: 7075

A new Masumoto title that is a companion collection published as a documentary that is released this summer on local PBS programming. The story of turning over the family farm to hia daughter
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The Perfect Peach

Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm

Author: David Mas Masumoto,Marcy Masumoto,Nikiko Masumoto

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607743280

Category: Cooking

Page: 176

View: 4701

A cookbook showcasing the luscious flavor of peaches in 50 sweet and savory dishes, drawing on the life stories and experiences of America's foremost peach farming family, the Masumotos of California's central valley. Enjoy the luscious versatility of summer’s finest fruit with fifty sweet and savory dishes. The Masumoto family’s amazing heirloom peaches—which are available for a few weeks each year at the best produce markets and top restaurants in the country—are widely considered the best peaches in the world. Their debut cookbook gathers the family’s favorite recipes, from classics like Hearty Peach Cobbler, Peach Chutney, and Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos to inspired combinations such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches, Caprese with Peaches, Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops and Grilled Peaches, and Stuffed French Toast. And the pristine flavor of a just-picked summer peach can be enjoyed year-round with the easy-to-follow instructions for drying, canning, freezing, or jamming the best of the harvest. With rich recipe and location photographs fresh from the orchard, this beautiful cookbook paints an intricate portrait of an organic farm that has been in the family for four generations. Accompanied by eloquent essays that evoke the soul of family farming and the nuances of a life filled with peaches, The Perfect Peach is for anyone who longs to savor the flavor of a pristinely ripe peach.
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Letters from a Peach Farmer

Author: David Mas Masumoto

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781597140645

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 202

View: 1961

A beautiful, inexpensive gift book, this lovely second collection is all new and based once again on the columns created for the Fresno Bee with all new, original illustrations in full color created by Doug Hansen. The letters are once again addressed to family, friends, and occasionally to others.
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Peach Cookbook

Beverages, Breakfast Treats, Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Sides, Entrees, Desserts

Author: Mimi Brodeur

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811748855

Category: Cooking

Page: 128

View: 8978

Mimi shows us in her usual way just how versatile a peach can be in this charming new book. Her inventive recipes will surely inspire cooks to find even more creative ways of cooking with everyday ingredients. --Anne Willan, Founder of Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne "Mimi's creativity shines in this peach of a cookbook. Her irresistible creations beckon from every page." --Faye Levy, Author of Feast from the Mideast and Healthy Cooking for the Jewish Home • 60 original recipes • Full-color photograph of each dish • How to select, store, and prepare peaches Sweet and succulent, peaches are America's favorite fruit. In this book of original recipes, peaches maintain their starring role in desserts, such as Sumptuous Peach Ice Cream, Peach Schnappy Crème Brûlée, and Peach Upside-Down Cake with Rum Cream. But the fruit adds new character depth to other dishes--Buttermilk Peach Muffins and Blackberry Peach French Toast for breakfast, Peach Bruschetta and Chilled Peach Soup as appetizers, and Smoke-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Peach Chive Butter and Spicy Pork Spareribs with Peach Glaze as main courses at dinner. A variety of recipes for beverages--from Sparkling Peach Lemonade to Peach Crantini--are included as refreshing accompaniments.
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Country voices

the oral history of a Japanese American family farm community

Author: David Mas Masumoto

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 240

View: 3227

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Shaman Winter

Author: Rudolfo Anaya

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 150401183X

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

View: 9934

Sonny Baca, the New Mexican shaman and PI, is up against a shape-shifting adversary who haunts Sonny’s worst nightmares After a savage confrontation with his archenemy, Sonny Baca is confined to a wheelchair. The doctors don’t know if he’ll ever walk again—and now the Chicano PI is plagued by disturbing dreams of his female ancestors being abducted. The reality is even more chilling. In present-day Santa Fe, the mayor’s sixteen-year-old daughter has disappeared. The four black feathers found on Consuelo Romero’s bed confirm Sonny’s fears: Three more girls will go missing before Raven’s master plan becomes a terrifyingly reality. A charismatic, chameleonlike power broker who also possesses a shaman’s gifts, Raven lures radical environmentalists into committing terrorist acts under the guise of antinuclear protests. But his true agenda is to bring down Sonny once and for all. By obliterating Sonny’s dreams—the portal into the spirit world—he will destroy his past and his future. The only way to fight back is for Sonny to enter Raven’s own dream state. But can he rid the world of an evil that refuses to die? Rich in atmosphere and setting, this stellar series offers both edge-of-your-seat mystery and one man’s journey into the complex landscape of the soul.
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Driving the Body Back


Author: Mary Swander

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780877456520

Category: Poetry

Page: 81

View: 911

A reprint of an extraordinary collection of poems that explore loss & affirm the value of perseverance in everyday life.
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The Year Money Grew on Trees

Author: Aaron Hawkins

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547528361

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5409

With frostbitten fingers, sleepless nights and sore muscles, 14-year-old Jackson Jones and his posse of cousins discover the lost art of winging it when they take over an orchard of 300 wild apple trees. They know nothing about pruning or irrigation or pest control, but figure it out they must—if they are to avoid losing $8,000 (because of an unfair contract). With spot illustrations for mechanical-loving readers—the gears of a tractor, a plow with disks—and with mathematical calculations of the great mount of money to be earned, this novel has the sort of can-do spirt and sense of earned independence not often found in today's fiction.
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French Cooking in Ten Minutes

Adapting to the Rhythm of Modern Life (1930)

Author: Edouard de Pomiane

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780865474802

Category: Cooking

Page: 176

View: 1824

A beautiful reprint of Edouard de Pomiane's classic collection of recipes for simply prepared meals is more useful now than ever before. Illustrated with period pen and ink drawings, French Cooking in Ten Minutes offers an array of recipes for quick soups, extemporaneous sauces, egg and noodle dishes, preparing fish and meats, as well as vegetables, salads, and deserts.
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The Seasons on Henry's Farm

A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm

Author: Terra Brockman

Publisher: Agate Publishing

ISBN: 9781572846562

Category: Cooking

Page: 320

View: 2165

Henry's Farm, run by Henry Brockman, is in central Illinois — some of the richest farming land in the world. There, he and his family — five generations of farmers, including sister Terra, the author — have bucked the traditional agribusiness conventional wisdom by farming in a way that's sensible, sustainable, and focused on producing healthy, nutritious food in ways that doesn't despoil the land. Terra Brockman tells the story of her family and their life on the farm in the form of a year-long memoir (with recipes) that takes readers through each season of life on the farm. Studded with vignettes, digressions, photographs, family stories, and illustrations of the farm's vivid plant life, the book is a one-of-a-kind treasure that will appeal to readers of Michael Pollan, E. B. White, Gretel Ehrlich, and Sandra Steingraber.
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How to Tell when You're Tired

A Brief Examination of Work

Author: Reg Theriault

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393315578

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

View: 9869

Offers an incisive, witty reflection on the perennial themes involving work, from the impersonal attitude of the higher-ups to the pleasure of doing a job right
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This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

Author: Ted Genoways

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393292584

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

View: 1318

Is there still a place for the farm in today’s America? The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a small ranch, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in York County, Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm—and their entire way of life—are under siege. Rising corporate ownership of land and livestock is forcing small farmers to get bigger and bigger, assuming more debt and more risk. At the same time, after nearly a decade of record-high corn and soybean prices, the bottom has dropped out of the markets, making it ever harder for small farmers to shoulder their loans. All the while, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Far from an isolated refuge beyond the reach of global events, the family farm is increasingly at the crossroads of emerging technologies and international detente. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores this rapidly changing landscape of small, traditional farming operations, mapping as it unfolds day to day. This Blessed Earth is both a concise exploration of the history of the American small farm and a vivid, nuanced portrait of one family’s fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.
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One of Ours

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: Xist Publishing

ISBN: 1681951584

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

View: 9819

An American Farm Boy In Search Of Meaning “Life was so short that it meant nothing at all unless it were continually reinforced by something that endured; unless the shadows of individual existence came and went against a background that held together.” - Willa Cather, One of Ours Claude tries to escapes from his family firm grasp who want him pious and working at their family farm in Nebraska. He marries in his attempt to escape only to realize that his wife is not interested at all in him. That’s when another opportunity arises: going overseas and fight for the American army in World War One. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes
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How to Pick a Peach

The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table

Author: Russ Parsons

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547347766

Category: Cooking

Page: 432

View: 8758

"Eat locally, eat seasonally.” A simple slogan that is backed up by science and by taste. The farther away from the market something is grown, the longer it must spend getting to us, and what eventually arrives will be less than satisfying. Although we can enjoy a bounty of produce year-round -- apples in June, tomatoes in December, peaches in January -- most of it is lacking in flavor. In order to select wisely, we need to know more. Where and how was the head of lettuce grown? When was it picked and how was it stored? How do you tell if a melon is really ripe? Which corn is sweeter, white or yellow? Russ Parsons provides the answers to these questions and many others in this indispensable guide to common fruits and vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. He offers valuable tips on selecting, storing, and preparing produce, along with one hundred delicious recipes. Parsons delivers an entertaining and informative reading experience that is guaranteed to help put better food on the table.
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Blithe Tomato

Author: Mike Madison

Publisher: Heyday

ISBN: 9781597140249

Category: Cooking

Page: 199

View: 3971

"Across America, people are escaping fluorescent-lit grocery store aisles to rediscover the fresh, seasonal offerings of the farmers' market. A new and thriving culture has sprung up as thousands gather each weekend to pinch, poke, smell, and probe the produce, and at times each other. With a Chekhovian eye for detail, Mike Madison, has assembled a fascinating group portrait of the the fellow growers, endangered individualists all, eccentrics, recluses, dreamers, anarchists, who work the land of his extended neighborhood"--Back cover.
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