Four Seasons in Five Senses

Things Worth Savoring

David Mas Masumoto (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

The nation's favorite literary farmer pays homage to the life of the senses.

Rushing from one thing to another, we lose sight of the art of living, which for California farmer David Mas Masumoto is also the art of farming. Not fast farming, of the kind that produces fast food, but slow farming, the kind that notices each change of light and temperature and produces peaches with juice that runs down your chin.

On the farm, appreciating the fruits of one's own labor requires all the senses: smell that knows when a peach is ready to be picked; sight that observes the health of a season's crop; touch that measures the weight of a fruit; hearing that recognizes each voice that calls out across the fields; and taste that savors the refreshing tang of a fruit at that perfect moment of ripeness. Taking us into his fields to witness the cycle of the harvest, Masumoto reminds us that we must stop living on the run in order to savor the world around us.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2004
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32536-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Masumoto has written compellingly about life on his family farm in the Central Valley and his struggles to stay in business.” — Christina Eng, Oakland Tribune

“Masumoto paints pictures with the simple words of a farmer.” — Linda Kincaid, California Rare Fruit Growers Inc. Magazine

“Masumoto lyrically describes life on his organic farm through each of his five senses.” — Sarah Gianelli, Portland Oregonian

“Masumoto writes about his prized crops with missionary zeal and a poetic sensibility.” — David Takami, Seattle Times

“Writing lovingly, lyrically...Masumoto passionately engages every fiber of his being [in] bringing the land to life for his readers....Through his eyes we see the translucence of peach blossoms about to burst. Through his ears, we hear a symphony as his shovel uproots encroaching weeds. His hands pluck a ripe peach and we brush away the dew, breathe in its musky aroma. He takes a bite and we drink in its nectar as we would fine wine.” — Booklist

“Intense, sensuous, lyrical, shaped by the sensibility of a poet and the eye of a farmer.” — Kirkus Reviews

“An agreeable reader for anyone who enjoys food and quality of life.” — The Bloomsbury Review

“Vivid and compelling...Masumoto might well have called this book Simple Pleasures.” — Washington Post Book World

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