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I'm William Alexander. Whether it's exploring the secrets of the tomato ( Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World; baking the perfect loaf (52 Loaves); learning French; or building the perfect garden (The $64 Tomato) I've embarked on the great mid-life adventure — and I'm keeping notes! The author of four critically-acclaimed books, a frequent NPR guest, and occasional NY Times op-ed contributor, my latest venture is to uncover the untold story of how the humble tomato has impacted every country on the planet, often in surprising ways. Watch for Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World, coming June 2022. And for all the latest news about my quest, be sure to follow my Facebook page


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The first prepublication reviews for Ten Tomatoes are in: In a starred review, Bookpage writes, "his playful sense of humor makes his book endlessly surprising," Kirkus Reviews calls it "eccentric, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable," and Booklist promises "culinary history buffs will revel in the myriad anecdotes Alexander unearths here." Publication on June 7!

I don't know how a tomato snuck into London's famous Chelsea Flower Show, but Burpee's exhibit, based on Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World, took Gold from the Royal Horticultural Society. Congrats to Burpee and Pennard for staging a great exhibit!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bookstore...coming in 2022 (hey, these things take time!): Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World. Follow my Facebook page to stay abreast of the latest developments as I uncover the history of the world's most popular vegetable.

Flirting with French makes the NY Times Bestseller list and goes into its 3rd printing

Le Monde analyzes my Vous/Tu chart - zut alors!

The New York Times Book Review praises Flirting with French

The Wall Street Journal has published a rave review of Flirting with French, calling it "highly readable" and comparing me to both(!) Walter Mitty and George Plimpton. Merci bien!

CounterPunch calls me "one of America's funniest writers"


What the critics say about William Alexander...

His writing is engaging, well paced and informative — The New York Times Book Review
One of America's funniest writers —CounterPunch
The world would be a less interesting place without the William Alexanders who walk among us -- the people who pursue all sorts of Holy Grails and latch like ticks onto particular passions, yet who have the good grace to tell us all about their exploits with humor, rather than with pomposity — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Engaging, funny, and down-to-earth — Entertainment Weekly
His timing and his delivery are flawless — The New York Times Magazine
Consistently funny — The Washington Post