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The Melon reflects Amy Goldman's long love affair with a vegetable which she first grew in her teens. You can almost smell the melon-y goodness emanating from Victor Schrager 's photographs. Both lush and beautifully composed, his work here is reminiscent of Dutch Golden Age still lifes. Simultaneously voluptuous and practical The Melon explains the differences between classes of melons, clears up misconceptions about them—a cantaloupe is really muskmelon--and reveals heretofore unknown varieties. I fell in love with the Queen Anne Pocket Melon at first sight. If you want to buy them, cultivate them, pollinate them cook with them, drink with them, understand their origins, the information is right here, offered in the lively, yet precise, prose that readers of Goldman's previous four books have come to expect.
Wonderful introduction to wealth and range of the Melon's genetic heritage, with lots of exposure of varieties that can be grown in the United States with tips on husbandry and see sources... So glad I got it.
I've already, after reading it, given this book to an organic farming friend who grows non-hybrid heirlooms for utmost flavor to sell at the farmers' market. Especially valuable to me, as a consumer, is brix information. The book's index is useful.