In the same way that passionate gardeners rescued heirloom tomatoes and roses from oblivion and brought back old varieties full of character, flavor, and fragrance, so Amy Goldman has made it her life's work to bring back the amazing heirloom melon. Melons long and swiggly, mottled or striped; melons in every conceivable hue; melons that taste like cucumbers or pineapples, melons sweeter than any you've ever tasted. And you can grow them too.
Here are a hundred melons, each photographed exquisitely by Victor Schrager, and each with a story. Also included are directions on how to grow, propagate, and harvest them, sources for seeds, and how to become, like Amy Goldman, a seed saver and do something important toward preserving our agricultural heritage.
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About the Author
Amy Goldman works to preserve the agricultural heritage and genetic diversity of the world's fruits and vegetables. Known to viewers of Martha Stewart Television and PBS, she has written for Garden Design and has been profiled in such publications as The New York Times and House & Garden. She is the author of Artisan's Melons for the Passionate Grower and The Compleat Squash. She lives in New York City and Rhinebeck, New York.
Victor Schrager's photography has been featured in exhibitions across the country. He is the photographer for Bird Hand Book (2001) and Artisan's Anatomy of a Dish (2002).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This past summer, I was wavering about whether or not to set aside some space for the heirloom watermelon seeds I had bought earlier -- after all, couldn't I just buy melons at the grocery store? After reading this book, I was motivated to not only grow my melons, but plan out next year's crop for two or three more luscious heirloom varieties. Melons for the Passionate Grower is a tribute to the various heirloom (open pollinated) melon varieties that are sure to rapidly disappear from the face of the earth if we, the home gardeners, fail to grow and enjoy them in favor of the bland, hybridized things that pass for melons in the supermarkets. The photographs in this book are luscious and artistically done. The text does contain some bare information about how to cultivate the melons, but really focuses more on the melons themselves and their histories. The reader is left with a sense of appreciation for these perfumed garden desserts and a fire to grow them. I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to pick just the right melon for their garden to savor that old fashioned flavor.