Epitaph for a Peach

Author: David M. Masumoto
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061741736
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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.

Epitaph for a Peach

Author: David M. Masumoto
Publisher: HarperOne
ISBN: 9780062510259
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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.

Four Seasons in Five Senses

Author: David Mas Masumoto
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393325362
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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.

Harvest Son

Author: David Mas Masumoto
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393319743
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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

Wisdom of the Last Farmer

Author: David Mas Masumoto
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439182426
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

The Perfect Peach

Author: David Mas Masumoto
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 1607743280
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

Heirlooms

Author: David Mas Masumoto
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781597140645
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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.

Changing Season

Author: David Mas Masumoto
Publisher: Heyday Books
ISBN: 9781597143660
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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

Cooking in Other Women s Kitchens

Author: Rebecca Sharpless
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807899496
Format: PDF
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As African American women left the plantation economy behind, many entered domestic service in southern cities and towns. Cooking was one of the primary jobs they performed, feeding generations of white families and, in the process, profoundly shaping southern foodways and culture. Rebecca Sharpless argues that, in the face of discrimination, long workdays, and low wages, African American cooks worked to assert measures of control over their own lives. As employment opportunities expanded in the twentieth century, most African American women chose to leave cooking for more lucrative and less oppressive manufacturing, clerical, or professional positions. Through letters, autobiography, and oral history, Sharpless evokes African American women's voices from slavery to the open economy, examining their lives at work and at home.