Four Seasons in Five Senses: 09/19/08
I begin my review of Four Seasons in Five Senses with the haiku David Mas Masumoto uses to end his chapter "Sound of a Ripe Peach." It sums up the contemplative nature of this book about running a family farm in California perfectly.
David Mas Masumoto is a third generation peach and raisin farmer in California. His book chronicles his life and work on the farm through the seasons as experienced by each of the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
The book is best read outside in a garden or a park where nature can be experienced. It should be read slowly and savored like the peaches and grapes he describes in the book. You may find yourself distracted by day dreams of fresh fruit. I even stopped midway through the book to bake a pie.