Out of the Scientist's Garden is written for anyone who wants to understand food and water a little better - for those growing vegetables in a garden, food in a subsistence plot or crops on vast irrigated plains.
It is also for anyone who has never grown anything before but has wondered how we will feed a growing population in a world of shrinking resources.
Although a practising scientist in the field of water and agriculture, the author has written about the drama of how the world feeds itself in story form, accessible to a wide audience.
The book starts in his own fruit and vegetable garden, exploring the 'how and why' questions about the way things grow, before moving onto store is about soil, rivers, aquifers and irrigation.
The book closes with a brief history of agriculture, how the world feeds itself today and how to think through some of the big conundrums of modern food production.