The Food Explorer: Talk and Book-signing
Sunday, April 7, 1-2PM
Daniel Stone, author of Tower Hill READS 2019 selection The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats, presents a book talk and signing on the birthday of the book's subject David Fairchild! Copies of The Food Explorer will be available for purchase in the Garden Shop.
In The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats, Daniel Stone tells the little known story of food spy David Fairchild. Stone, a staff writer for National Geographic, observed that the same way immigrants came to America, so did our fruits and vegetables-and we have David Fairchild to thank for many of them. THE FOOD EXPLORER takes readers on his exciting culinary journey, from Java to Baghdad, Corsica and Bavaria, and many stops in between. Along the way, he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. Fairchild ate foods that he had never seen before, stuck cuttings into raw potatoes to preserve them, and befriended other adventure seekers along the way. He also found love, marrying Marian Bell, the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. Fairchild introduced many of the crops that are part of our daily lives including foods we enjoy and associate with the American diet. 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.