The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm

by Marcy Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto, and David Mas Masumoto

foreword by Rick Bayless

This is a very special book, not just because it’s about peaches […], but because it’s also about growing peaches, the farming life, and, most uniquely, because it’s composed by a family.

–Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

The Perfect Peach (Masumoto)

Our first family farm cookbook, The Perfect Peach, was published in 2013 by Ten Speed Press to great acclaim by readers, cooks and eaters! selected The Perfect Peach as one of it’s top 5 cookbooks of the summer and USA Today featured it as it’s top 10! The Perfect Peach also received one of the highest praises in the New York Times from fellow food artist and Apollonia Poilâne. We couldn’t be more humbled.



Media coverage of The Perfect Peach:

On KVPR Valley Public Radio: Summer feature on Valley Edition, 2014 kick-off for Valley Writers Read.

Gosia Wozniacka of the Associated Press writes about farmers using creativity to sustain themselves.

Q & A in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an article in the Sacramento Bee, and a blogpost by Ruth Reichl.

Book Description:

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.

Available now at:

Our online shop (where you can order a signed / personalized book)

Powell’s Books

Elliott Bay Book Company

Barnes & Noble

Random House, Inc.