The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

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 yo The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced...

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Title:The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
Author:Daniel Stone
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1101990589
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats Reviews

  • Jen
    Jun 19, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

  • Ren
    May 07, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

  • Sarah Rosenberger
    Apr 17, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

  • Alisha
    Mar 19, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

  • Britt, Book Habitue
    Jan 23, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

  • Chris
    May 15, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

  • Jillian Doherty
    Jun 27, 2017

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    3.75 stars This is basically the history of how most of the food and useful plants came to america. Told like a story this book follows David Fairchild as he traveled around the world and discovered and brought seed of exotic food to America. In essence this is the history of today'...

    Interesting read. This book is about David Fairchild who helped introduced thousands of plants to the U.S.. He traveled and collected cuttings and seeds to transform America's farming and agriculture industries, especially with being a major force behind the inception of the USDA. I ce...

    Daniel Stone knows how to tell a story, and his account of the now-obscure USDA botanist David Fairchild reads with more zip and contains more adventures than most novels. Stone approaches the story from a few angles, but one of the most interesting (made obvious while not explicitly s...

    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 espiona...

    Between 1894-1904, botanist David Fairchild transported thousands of plants to American soil. Here is a man, who had a reason to travel the world- to uncover exotic plant species unknown to US. Now Every time I eat an overpriced avocado, or mangoes, I have Fairchild to thank. It?s ...

    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 Malta Pl...

  • Mark
    Apr 22, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    3.75 stars This is basically the history of how most of the food and useful plants came to america. Told like a story this book follows David Fairchild as he traveled around the world and discovered and brought seed of exotic food to America. In essence this is the history of today'...

    Interesting read. This book is about David Fairchild who helped introduced thousands of plants to the U.S.. He traveled and collected cuttings and seeds to transform America's farming and agriculture industries, especially with being a major force behind the inception of the USDA. I ce...

    Daniel Stone knows how to tell a story, and his account of the now-obscure USDA botanist David Fairchild reads with more zip and contains more adventures than most novels. Stone approaches the story from a few angles, but one of the most interesting (made obvious while not explicitly s...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Dec 01, 2017

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

  • Angie Boyter
    Feb 14, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

  • Kiwi Carlisle
    Mar 03, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    3.75 stars This is basically the history of how most of the food and useful plants came to america. Told like a story this book follows David Fairchild as he traveled around the world and discovered and brought seed of exotic food to America. In essence this is the history of today'...

    Interesting read. This book is about David Fairchild who helped introduced thousands of plants to the U.S.. He traveled and collected cuttings and seeds to transform America's farming and agriculture industries, especially with being a major force behind the inception of the USDA. I ce...

    Daniel Stone knows how to tell a story, and his account of the now-obscure USDA botanist David Fairchild reads with more zip and contains more adventures than most novels. Stone approaches the story from a few angles, but one of the most interesting (made obvious while not explicitly s...

    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 espiona...

  • GONZA
    Jul 28, 2017

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Moti
    Jun 22, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

  • Bandit
    Feb 04, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

  • Dan Russell
    Apr 29, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

  • Jim Fonseca
    May 29, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

  • Maria
    Apr 20, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

  • Alison
    Apr 21, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

  • Abby
    Apr 28, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    3.75 stars This is basically the history of how most of the food and useful plants came to america. Told like a story this book follows David Fairchild as he traveled around the world and discovered and brought seed of exotic food to America. In essence this is the history of today'...

    Interesting read. This book is about David Fairchild who helped introduced thousands of plants to the U.S.. He traveled and collected cuttings and seeds to transform America's farming and agriculture industries, especially with being a major force behind the inception of the USDA. I ce...

  • Richard
    Apr 17, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    3.75 stars This is basically the history of how most of the food and useful plants came to america. Told like a story this book follows David Fairchild as he traveled around the world and discovered and brought seed of exotic food to America. In essence this is the history of today'...

    Interesting read. This book is about David Fairchild who helped introduced thousands of plants to the U.S.. He traveled and collected cuttings and seeds to transform America's farming and agriculture industries, especially with being a major force behind the inception of the USDA. I ce...

    Daniel Stone knows how to tell a story, and his account of the now-obscure USDA botanist David Fairchild reads with more zip and contains more adventures than most novels. Stone approaches the story from a few angles, but one of the most interesting (made obvious while not explicitly s...

    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 espiona...

    Between 1894-1904, botanist David Fairchild transported thousands of plants to American soil. Here is a man, who had a reason to travel the world- to uncover exotic plant species unknown to US. Now Every time I eat an overpriced avocado, or mangoes, I have Fairchild to thank. It?s ...

    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 Malta Pl...

    Great book about David Fairchiled ( botanist ) that brought a lot of plants (vegetables, fruit, shade trees) into the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century from faraway lands, such as Malay Islands, China, Java, Brazil, Africa, etc. A lot of those include different varieties of oranges,...

  • Richard Reese
    Mar 25, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

  • Renee
    Dec 04, 2017

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

  • Abby
    Apr 29, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

  • Jon Letman
    Jan 08, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

  • Nicholas Bobbitt
    Apr 10, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

  • Benjamin
    Apr 20, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

  • Jill Shaw
    Jun 19, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    3.75 stars This is basically the history of how most of the food and useful plants came to america. Told like a story this book follows David Fairchild as he traveled around the world and discovered and brought seed of exotic food to America. In essence this is the history of today'...

    Interesting read. This book is about David Fairchild who helped introduced thousands of plants to the U.S.. He traveled and collected cuttings and seeds to transform America's farming and agriculture industries, especially with being a major force behind the inception of the USDA. I ce...

    Daniel Stone knows how to tell a story, and his account of the now-obscure USDA botanist David Fairchild reads with more zip and contains more adventures than most novels. Stone approaches the story from a few angles, but one of the most interesting (made obvious while not explicitly s...

    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 espiona...

    Between 1894-1904, botanist David Fairchild transported thousands of plants to American soil. Here is a man, who had a reason to travel the world- to uncover exotic plant species unknown to US. Now Every time I eat an overpriced avocado, or mangoes, I have Fairchild to thank. It?s ...

  • Nicole
    Jun 02, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...

    I should have enjoyed this;I wanted to, but couldn't. The narrative pace didn't appeal to me. It would jump ahead to tell part of the story in depth, then revert back in time just to slog along trying to catch up before repeating the cycle again. I also felt there were too many side...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    3.75 stars This is basically the history of how most of the food and useful plants came to america. Told like a story this book follows David Fairchild as he traveled around the world and discovered and brought seed of exotic food to America. In essence this is the history of today'...

  • Feiroz Humayara
    Nov 02, 2017

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

  • Dave
    Jul 05, 2018

    The true story of David Fairchild (1869-1954), a botanist who traveled the world looking for new and better food crops for American farmers. It?s not a full biography because it focuses mainly on the 20-years or so that he was actively overseas collecting new seeds, cuttings and spro...

    Book Description 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. My Thoughts In the 19th century, preparing meals a...

    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...

    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 fin...

    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 Agricult...

    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'...

    A wonderful story about the life of David Fairchild a botanist, who traveled the world bring back many new crops and plants for North Americans to enjoy. This story along with all of the fascinating people Fairchild knew, and worked with was exceptionally fun to read. So much informat...

    *3.5. Tons of interesting information and mostly well-written, just dragged a little in some parts. I learned so much though, this book is an education in and of itself. ...

    An excellent story of how so much of our food came to be accessible to us - through the dedication of several men committed to exploring the diverse world of plants. I really enjoyed this, especially toward the end. How lucky we are for David Fairchild and his colleagues! ...

    I was looking forward to this book for months, but just didn't end up loving Stone's writing style or his audiobook narration. I also think I was hoping for more about the early Columbian Exchange, because it seemed like half the time a new fruit was discussed, it was like "well, this ...

    While this is an intriguing story, I don't know that Stone does it justice with his writing. ...

    "Voices as pointed as their hats"??? What does that even mean? 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...

    Informative and fascinating. I grew up a mile from David Fairchild?s estate, ?In the Woods,? in North Chevy Chase and had not heard of him or the estate. If you enjoy stories of English eccentric explorers then you will enjoy this tale of American plant nerds and eccentrics. Alth...

    I don't think I could dream up a premise for a non-fiction book i would like more. Botany? Food? 20th century exploration? There were agricultural explorers??! Sure, there were some creepy colonial dynamics but really what could be cooler than getting to travel around and learn all abo...

    Very interesting. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 interest...

    Here is the story of David Fairchild, a Victorian gentleman who had an urge for adventure, and accidentally met up with Barbour Lathrop, a rich Victorian gentleman with a wanderlust and a need to be recognized. Together, with Lathrop funding Fairchild and providing encouragement (along...

    As an avid "plant-o-phile," I enjoyed this book. I grow a number of "exotic" fruits and plants that David Fairchild found or introduced to the U.S. I've also visited Fairchild Gardens in Florida a number of times without knowing that much about the man who's garden bears his name. Fair...