Amy Goldman is a gardener, author, artist, and well-known advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Her mission is to celebrate and catalogue the magnificent diversity of standard, open-pollinated varieties, and to promote their conservation. Goldman is described as “perhaps the world’s premier vegetable gardener” by Gregory Long, President Emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden. She has authored four books, including three that have earned the American Horticultural Society Book of the Year award: Melons for the Passionate Grower (2002), The Compleat Squash: A Passionate Grower’s Guide to Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds (2004), and The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table (2008). Most recently she wrote Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures (2015), which was illustrated by Jerry Spagnoli. Melons are Goldman’s lifelong love and calling. This new book, The Melon, illustrated by Victor Schrager and many years in the making, is a comprehensive and definitive work that includes portraits in words and photographs of 125 extraordinary varieties, expert advice on cultivation and seed saving, and a generous selection of delicious melon recipes.
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