Tomatoes Garlic Basil celebrates three all-time favorites of the American kitchen garden. Author Doug Oster, a dedicated plantsman and cook, lives by the ethos of traditional Italian cuisine: simple food, fresh from the garden. Oster takes his readers step by step from the basics of soil preparation and plant selection to the payoff in the kitchen. For beginners and old-timers alike, this book delivers savvy organic gardening tips, a little horticultural history, serious and funny cautionary gardening tales?and 31 savory, family-tested recipes, many contributed by award winning chefs. There are 65 full color photographs throughout. 272 pages total. The foreword is by George Ball, Jr., Owner of W. Atlee Burpee & Co. He writes: "Doug Oster's down-to-earth approach to gardening shines through in his writing, he inspires the reader to think beyond the garden plot for ways to incorporate fresh produce into everyday dishes."