This book was okay, but the author is focused on Hybrid tomatoes. I found the book interesting, but I personally did not agree with a lot of the information in this book. Probably a more interesting read for people who grow hyrbid tomatoes versus heirlooms.
Very practical. It was the first tomato book that I read. I still value the down-to-earth information.
I'd consider it a starter book. However, even experienced growers may pick up some tips on growing tomato plants.
There are many "logical photos", meaning that it doesn't provide eye-candy photos and lots of white space just to put on the coffee table. The photos are meaningful. Do you want to know how to trench plant a tomato? Step-by-step photos are provided. What is cat-facing? Photo included.
Her explanations are brief and to the point. What is the difference between determinate and indeterminate varieties? You'll know when you read the book. You'll have a photo to easily explain it.
What do you do with all those tomatoes you now know how to produce? Check out the storing and preserving section. Use the recipes that are threaded throughout the book. You'll even get a Russian Tomato Borsch recipe.
Lois Hole is a straight-forward, no-nonsense writer. If you like "fluff" you'll probably be disappointed. If you like writers that get to the point, you'll love it.