The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a yo ...more
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Fairchild collected specimens until his late 30’s. This was the 1880’s – 1890’s and much of South America, Africa, India and China were wild, primitive, dangerous places. He had great adventures being arrested an ...more
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 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 palate. Enter David Fairchild, a botanist who tra ...more
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 complacent about the foods we have grown up with, ...more
The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would seem to be a mundane topic.
This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much information, not only about plants but of the people as well, who against many odds brought these plants to North America. How to ship, pack and eventually grow and get people to like what they grew was a constant challenge, ...more
Who founded the Red Cross? - it wasn't Clara Barton.
People in Australia celebrate with pies, curry and lamb chops??
In 1897 Australia wasn't federated so there was no Australian Department of Agriculture. I assume he meant New South Wales.
"Developing governments, especially those, like Australia, endowed with money from a foreign crown..." What? What money from a foreign crown? In 1897 NSW and the other colonies were self governing and ...more
While 3/4 of the book focuses on David Fairchild and Barbour Lathrop, the last quarter also gives due to several other key players and their contributions: Frank Meyer (le ...more
The Food Explorer tells the ad ...more
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 EDELWEISS FOR THE ARC!
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 nonsense.
One does not usually think that a scientist could have made America into the diverse culinary hub it is today but that is what came ...more
Most surprisingly, Fairchild found plants that we take for granted. It was Fairchild ...more