Author Event - "The Food Explorer" with Daniel Stone

We're excited to welcome California native and UC Davis alum Daniel Stone for a presentation (and special tote bag giveaway!) of his latest biography, "The Food Explorer" on Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m. Join us for a fun filled, informative evening! 

"The Food Explorer" tells of 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.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101990582
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books - February 20th, 2018