Columbus: Daniel Stone on The Food Explorer
Join us at Book Culture on Columbus to celebrate Daniel Stone's new book The Food Explorer on Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm! Daniel will be joined in conversation by Brent Howard.
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, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater.
Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food: 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 capital. Along the way, he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, and through him, America transformed into the most diverse food system ever created.
Daniel Stone is a staff writer for National Geographic and a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees from UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University.
Brent Howard, Executive Editor, joined Dutton in March 2017. He specializes in nonfiction with a focus on history, biography, military and politics. He has published works such works as Brothers Rivals Victors by Jonathan W. Jordan, The Dead and Those About to Die by John C. McManus, Act of War by Jack Cheevers, and The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.