The Melon, written by Amy Goldman with photographs by Victor Schrager, is an encyclopedic guide to the stunning varieties of this rotund fruit that can be found around the world, many of which you've probably never heard of, let alone tasted.
Detailing an incredible 125 varieties this "ode to the melon", was a "life-long calling" according to Goldman, a self-professed melon lover who spent nine-years of devoted work growing and researching each melon for the new book.
As a keen gardener with profound knowledge in the topic Goldman is a passionate guide taking the reader on a journey of the melon, from seed to table. From tips on picking and choosing melons at the market to growing them and revealing each melon’s unique qualities with detailed descriptions, each melon is given its moment in the spotlight.
Along with stunning portrait photography, there's also a generous selection of delicious melon recipes developed by cookbook author Mindy Fox making The Melon appealing to both home cooks and keen gardeners.
Goldman's enthusiasm for the simple pleasure of eating melons, from the joy of sharing an heirloom watermelon at a family gathering to her first melon love, the Santa Claus casaba, is so infectious, you'll soon learn that not all melons were created equal, plus probably set about creating your own melon wish list!
Here's a look at some of the stunning still life photography inside:
Armenian long yard
Moon and Stars
Prescott Fond Blanc
Red Seeded Citron