Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer

By David Mas Masumoto

Illustrations by Doug Hansen

hardcover, 5 x 7, 216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59714-064-5

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Earthy wisdom and real-life stories from an award-winning author

As suburbs swallow more and more rich farmland and reforms change the farming industry, the voices of farmers have never been more important. In his latest collection of essays, David Mas Masumoto reminds us that food remains the cornerstone of our society, even in the twenty-first century. Pervading his essays is a rooted, proud sense of community, family, and craftsmanship, and tales of toil and triumph over the land that produces the food in our groceries, farmers’ markets, and restaurants.

Written in the form of letters, Masumoto’s essays achieve an intimacy uncommon in American literature. Told by a man leading the fabled simple life, this writing speaks eloquently of the need to protect the so-called bread and butter of life—food, family, and community.

Advanced Praise

“Mas Masumoto’s honest and poetic voice informs the reader gently but emphatically about the values we need to create a sustainable society.”—Alice Waters, executive chef and owner, Chez Panisse

“Masumoto’s books reach for truths that transcend the orchard—the honesty of a really good peach that doesn’t promise more with its looks than it will deliver on that first bite, the value of a thirty-eight-year-old tree that doesn’t produce as much anymore but bears the best-tasting fruit.”—Julianna Barbassa, Associated Press