Cook the Book: 'How to Pick a Peach'

How to Pick a Peach by Russ Parsons. With the disconnect between consumer and producer that's developed in recent years, Parsons says that basic skills shoppers once had—knowing what's in season when and how to choose the best fruit or vegetable on offer—have atrophied. His book, with its detailed rundown on everything from apples to winter squash, will make you a produce-aisle expert in no time.

As with all weekly Cook the Book features, we've got a number of copies to give away. Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random from among the commenters below. All you have to do is answer the following:

What's your favorite fruit or vegetable for 1.) cooking and 2.) eating raw?

The usual Serious Eats contest rules apply.