The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone

The Food Explorer

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 young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, s...

Details The Food Explorer

TitleThe Food Explorer
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherDutton Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Biography, Environment, Nature, Cooking

Reviews The Food Explorer

  • Renee Nash
    Book DescriptionThe 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 ThoughtsIn the 19th century, preparing meals and eating was solely viewed as necessary for survival. People didn't go on culinary adventures or look for exotic ingredients to create flavor combinations to delight the...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    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 Agriculture so that the specimens could be studied and possibly transplanted and who knows, maybe become popular. And in fact, that happened many times, and explains how we...
  • Bandit
    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 finally give credit where credit’s due. For any discriminate palate, every vegetarian, anyone who likes or loves food, David Fairchild is The Man. Tirelessly traveli...
  • Alisha
    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're like me, you maybe also consider yourself fairly willing to try new things and food of different ethnicities. BUT, none of us can escape that we are probably pretty ...
  • Richard Reese
    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 of Agriculture, his group was responsible for sending home seeds and cuttings of thousands of plants from nations around the world. The goal was to expand the vari...
    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 grado di descrivere la sua vita e i suoi viaggi complicatissimi (ai tempi) in modo da scrivere piú un libro di avventure che una biografia. Da leggere!THANKS TO EDELWE...
  • Angie Boyter
    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 began importing them for farmers to grow locally. Without major efforts to introduce them to American farms we would not have items like asparagus, bananas, or eve...
  • Feiroz Humayara
    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 interested in plant genetics, this book had my full attention just by reading the synopsis.One does not usually think that a scientist could have made America into the dive...
  • Jon Letman
    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 life and legacy. Daniel Stone has penned an irresistible, quick-moving account of Fairchild's unusual journey from Kansas farmlands to the jungles of Indo-Malaya to ...
  • Britt, Book Habitue
    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 they should go and othertimes not) that HOPEFULLY will not be present in any finished copy.Also, I'm desperately hoping that the meandering of the text and the sudden j...
  • Kiwi Carlisle
    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 espionage by multiple governments, scary inns and hostels, and whole shipments of specimens torched as “infected” without even being inspected. In just a few decades, ...
  • Jillian Doherty
    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 MaltaPlus from Egypt he sent back a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry, and via Japan he introduced the cherry blossom tree, forever brightening America's capit...
  • Carl
    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 job of presenting the subject and showing how it develops in America. Recommend this book to all that are interested in the subjects.
  • Donald Cutler
    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. Full disclosure: Daniel Stone is a friend of mine but even so I would have read this great story about the cool food we now see as local and organic and other such non...
  • Nate
    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/foods that Americans eat today were introduced by him.
  • Rosamond van der Linde
    Fabulous foodAmazing 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 tried a mangosteen!
  • Will
    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 historical non-fiction writers had this author's storytelling magic.
  • Onceinabluemoon
    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.
  • Rita Ciresi
    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.
  • Diana Parsell
    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.
  • Katie
    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.
  • Mickey
    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.
  • Jonathon Baugh
    Really good story about a very interesting time in our nations economy. What a awesome history of science book about agriculture. I want more books like this.
  • Eggbeck
    4.8 stars. Will probably read again. Makes me want to be a food historian.
  • Karolyn
    My goodness, this was a fabulous surprise. Easy to read and so many interesting tid-bits that I never even thought about. So very happy I read this book
  • Jenny Kent