There’s a reason tomatoes don’t feature prominently in a traditional Thanksgiving spread. This time of year, supermarket-goers are subjected to some pretty sad, pinkish, crunchy-yet-also-spongy excuses for the vegetable (or fruit? The debate lingers). With tomato-growing season over and summer certainly stifled in Chicago—we’ve warmed up to the mid-twenties, if you don’t account for the windchill today!—we can, however, enjoy this trailer for Mario Batali and Jim Webster’s America—Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers (Grand Central). I like how the trailer matches so well with the book’s subtitle as a simple and effective portrait of one farmer. I felt Jim Stark’s weather worries and wondered if that goat’s soulful eyes were looking right at me, the grow-nothin’ omnivore. A cool five-minute escape for those of us who are pretty far from the food we eat.
And, if you can withstand further tomato-taunting without sobbing into your hanky, watch this neat backwards video, another kind of trailer for the book: Tomatoes, from table to farm.