Every year, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) celebrates great gardening literature. This year, “The Melon” was selected for The National Book Award. Amy Goldman’s personal commitment to growing and preserving heirloom melons, along with her clear expertise, pushed this book into the winner’s circle.
“The Melon” is large, lavishly illustrated as well as informative, well-written, concise, and clear, in fact, a first-rate reference book. The American Gardener
“The Melon” is large, lavishly illustrated as well as informative, well-written, concise, and clear-in fact, a first-rate reference book. Tucked between photographer Victor Schrager’ s gorgeous, seductive portraits of each melon are carefully researched variety descriptions and histories, advice on growing, primers on saving seeds and hand pollination, and a complete list of seed sources.
Amy brings to life hundreds of varieties of melons and watermelons in her new book, “The Melon”, reviewed in Seed Savers Exchange’s quarterly membership publication, Heritage Farm Companion:
A sequel to Amy’s Melons for the Passionate Grower, published in 2002, The Melon delves deeper into the crop, including information on its history, taxonomy, growing methods, and seed-saving practices. Most of the book is dedicated to profiles of individual melon and watermelon varieties with accompanying photographic portraits that arouse the eye and tantalize the palate.
Adrian Higgins luxuriates in the world of melons as described in Amy Goldman’s new book, “The Melon”, in this Washington Post review:
Amy has been growing melons for decades, since she was a girl. You might ask, as I did, what it was about the melon or watermelon that she didn’t already know, especially after doing the first book. The answer gets to the whole enterprise of lifelong gardening.
Organic Gardener compares “The Melon”, to a ripe watermelon on a summer’s day: big and beautiful and something to be savored.
Amy offers profiles of 120 melon varieties, from the everyday to the obscure, illustrated with extraordinary photographs by Victor Schrager, as well as chapters on growing, pollinating, harvesting and saving melon seeds.
“The Melon” is Amy Goldman’s fifth book, and as with her other titles, it’s a visual stunner and a revelation. By Florence Fabricant in The New York Times.
“The Melon” represents nine years of cultivating, studying, tasting and having Victor Schrager on hand to photograph 125 kinds of melons at her farm in Rhinebeck in the Hudson Valley.
Marie Doyon shares Amy Goldman’s seed saving techniques from Amy’s new book, “The Melon”, in Chronogram:
The taste of melons at their peak, oozing honey, is incomparable, as is the air, sweet-smelling with muskmelon on an August night.” Thus begins the first chapter of Amy Goldman Fowler’s latest book, “The Melon”, an ode to the Cucurbitacae family.
Created over the course of nine years, The Melon is both an information-packed resource and a visual delight. This definitive compendium on melon and watermelon reflects recent research findings and Goldman’s growth as a gardener since the publication in 2002 of her award-winning book, Melons for the Passionate Grower.