The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes--and thousands more--to the American plate. In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a yo The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced...

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Title:The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
Author:Daniel Stone
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Genres:History
ISBN:1101990589
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats Reviews

  • Carl
    Mar 15, 2018
    Fascinating history of the man who diversification of American eating habits. I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I am interested in food and eating, especially as they relate to different foods, and this book is a look into how they came about. Mr. Stone does an excellent j...
  • Sarah Rosenberger
    Apr 17, 2018
    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...
  • Alisha
    Mar 19, 2018
    Wow. I am not normally a voracious page-turner of non-fiction, but this one did it for me. This is the true story of David Fairchild, a man who was responsible for immeasurably enriching America's agriculture. Does that sound dull? It's not. If you're like me, you love food. If you'...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Mar 06, 2018
    As a gardener I totally enjoyed this, loved learning about all the expeditions, the true story of the flowering cherry trees, Meyers lemons and sadly, cannibalism... loved the photos, thought it was an excellent journey. ...
  • Britt, Book Habitue
    Jan 23, 2018
    Let me start by saying I read a digital ARC (which isn't my preference but it was what was available). The digital ARC had MAJOR formatting issues (for example anywhere you had "ff" or "fi" or "fl" in a word those letters simply weren't present.... sometimes there was a space where th...
  • Will
    Mar 14, 2018
    I'm not usually a fan of non-fiction as anyone can tell from looking at my shelves. However, this book was very enjoyable blending mystery, suspense, colorful characters along with very interesting historical facts about food. I'm not a foodie, but who doesn't love food? Wish other his...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Jun 27, 2017
    A wonderfully immersive and readable account of how the US came to receive over 400 new imports ~ all thanks to David Fairchild's botanist spy skills! Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta Pl...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Dec 01, 2017
    This was an unexpected gem of a book. It's the story of David Fairchild, an American botanist who traveled the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to find plants and fruits that were unknown in America. He sent cuttings and seeds back home to the U.S. Department of Agricult...
  • Angie Boyter
    Feb 14, 2018
    Meals must have been pretty dull in the nineteenth century. My high-school history class made a big deal of the scenes where Native Americans introduced European settlers to maize, but no one told us how many foods we take for granted today were not found in North America until someone...
  • Kiwi Carlisle
    Mar 03, 2018
    It?s always a treat to read a biography that reads almost like an adventure story. The worldwide travels of David Fairchild and a few other intrepid botanists in search of fruits and vegetables are wonderfully exciting, with attacks by bandits, political feuds, accusations of espiona...
  • GONZA
    Jul 28, 2017
    I enjoy the story of David Fairchild a lot and the author was able to describe his life and epic travels in a very interesting way. More an adventure book than a biography, Highly recomendable. La storia del botanico David Fairchild mi é piaciuta parecchio e l'aútore é stato in ...
  • Nancy
    Mar 31, 2018
    Very interesting book about the foods we eat. I guess I'd never given much thought to the fact that before the Gilded Age, Americans didn't enjoy a wide variety of foods. I now understand why my grandmother's date cake recipe was such a hit--dates were a recent addition to the palate o...
  • Bandit
    Feb 04, 2018
    Just about every time you eat a fruit, vegetable or just something exciting that came from the earth, not was killed for you or by you, you have David Fairchild to thank. And no one even knows about him or at least not enough and I?m so glad there?s now this book to educate and fin...
  • Allisonlcarter
    Mar 31, 2018
    Someone once said that most non-fiction books would be better served as magazine articles. I believe it. There are like 75 fascinating pages in a 325 page book (plus appendices). But still, I will buy an avocado for Mr. Fairchild. ...
  • Rita Ciresi
    Mar 26, 2018
    This fascinating biography of David Fairchild, who traveled to remote parts of the world in an effort to introduce more diversity to American agriculture, is a must-read for anyone interested in botany and/or food history. ...
  • Rick
    Apr 08, 2018
    Fascinating account of the food explorer David Fairchild whom America can thank for everything from alligator pears (avocados) to cashews, citrus, and the cherry blossoms that ring Washington D.C.'s Tidal Basin among countless other discoveries. ...
  • Mickey
    Mar 12, 2018
    Fascinating biography of a man's lifelong quest to bring new plants to the US. I've been to the lush tropical gardens in Miami named after him. Everyone who loves avocados, dates, and mangoes (among dozens of other fruits and nuts) owes him thanks. A fun, informative read. ...
  • Katie
    Mar 09, 2018
    I love finding nonfiction books that tell me all about something I never even thought to think about before, in this case the introduction of exotic fruits and vegetables to the US. For anyone who is interested in food and history, this book is a definite yes. ...
  • Richard
    Apr 17, 2018
    Great book about David Fairchiled ( botanist ) that brought a lot of plants (vegetables, fruit, shade trees) into the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century from faraway lands, such as Malay Islands, China, Java, Brazil, Africa, etc. A lot of those include different varieties of oranges,...
  • Richard Reese
    Mar 25, 2018
    Cue up the marching band, majorettes, flag-waving veterans, and cheering crowds. The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone is a proud celebration of American greatness. The hero of the story is David Fairchild (1869?1954), a botanist and agricultural explorer. Working for the U.S. Department...
  • Renee Nash
    Dec 04, 2017
    Book Description The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes--and thousands more--to the American plate. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...
  • Jon Letman
    Jan 08, 2018
    This is delicious book will hold great appeal to anyone who likes food, plants, or travel. Whether you are familiar with the legacy of America's premiere post-Civil war plant collector David Fairchild or have never heard of him, you're sure to savor this new account of his remarkable ...
  • Nicholas Bobbitt
    Apr 10, 2018
    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...
  • Nate
    Mar 20, 2018
    Quite the surprising gem, you?d think a biography of a botanist would be dull, but at times this almost reads like an adventure novel. Fairchild and the people around him were a delight to learn about, and it was fascinating to find out which (and the staggering amount of) plants/foo...
  • Cheryl Barajas
    Apr 03, 2018
    Great history lesson!! ...
  • Saumya
    Apr 06, 2018
    Beautifully crafted material about a man who stimulated an entire country?s love of new foods. David Fairchild lived at the end of the 19th century and his work has all the glamour, indignity and egocentricity/racism that we have accredited to the time period. Read this book to truly...
  • Feiroz Humayara
    Nov 02, 2017
    This biography of David Fairchild, the nineteenth century adventurer-botanist, narrates the story of his travels across the latitudes and back again in search of plants that went on to revolutionise how and what America eats. Needless to say, me being both a foodie and someone interest...
  • Donald Cutler
    Mar 16, 2018
    This book celebrates the American history without ignoring the less savory aspects of the period while also packing a few lessons for today's horrifying political environment. I highly recommend it for people who like narrative history and ?aha? moments about facts and figures. ...
  • Rosamond van der Linde
    Feb 27, 2018
    Fabulous food Amazing adventures of a man whom I met as a child. David Fairchild and I planted an avacado tree on the Kampong! I heard tales from David. This book fascinAted me since some of the tales I had heard directly from this exceedingly well traveled,gentle man. I have never ...
  • Diana Parsell
    Feb 28, 2018
    Wonderful book. Fresh topic and well-researched relevant story that the author brings to life through a fast-paced narrative, threaded with great historical context and informed discussion about the evolution of food diversity in the United States. ...