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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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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

  • Jessica
    Jan 24, 2019

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

  • michaelben
    Jan 30, 2019

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Way too loosey goosey with the facts (I think in an attempt to be poetic) to be reliable. ...

  • Barb in Maryland
    Feb 20, 2019

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

  • Dlmrose
    Nov 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Way too loosey goosey with the facts (I think in an attempt to be poetic) to be reliable. ...

    I read the occasional non-fiction book but after picking up and absolutely adoringThe Food Explorer by Daniel Stone, I've decided it's a genre I'll be reaching for way more often. When I'm not reading, I'm actually a plant biologist, but I think this biography of David Fairchild, a f...

    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...

  • Zoë Danielle
    Aug 12, 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Way too loosey goosey with the facts (I think in an attempt to be poetic) to be reliable. ...

    I read the occasional non-fiction book but after picking up and absolutely adoringThe Food Explorer by Daniel Stone, I've decided it's a genre I'll be reaching for way more often. When I'm not reading, I'm actually a plant biologist, but I think this biography of David Fairchild, a f...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Way too loosey goosey with the facts (I think in an attempt to be poetic) to be reliable. ...

    I read the occasional non-fiction book but after picking up and absolutely adoringThe Food Explorer by Daniel Stone, I've decided it's a genre I'll be reaching for way more often. When I'm not reading, I'm actually a plant biologist, but I think this biography of David Fairchild, a f...

    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 piaciuta parecchio e l'atore 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Mary
    Jul 12, 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Way too loosey goosey with the facts (I think in an attempt to be poetic) to be reliable. ...

    I read the occasional non-fiction book but after picking up and absolutely adoringThe Food Explorer by Daniel Stone, I've decided it's a genre I'll be reaching for way more often. When I'm not reading, I'm actually a plant biologist, but I think this biography of David Fairchild, a f...

    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 piaciuta parecchio e l'atore stato in ...

    This book celebrates the American history without ignoring the less savory aspects of the period while also packing a few lessons for today's horrifying political environment. I highly recommend it for people who like narrative history and ?aha? moments about facts and figures. ...

    Fascinating history of David Fairchild, a botanist who traveled the world to find new foods for America's agriculture. Pretty amazing the number if items he was involved in finding; avocados, seedless grapes, mangoes, asparagus, kale, hops, dates, Egyptian cotton and all those beautifu...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Aug 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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! ...

  • Heather G
    Jan 13, 2019

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

  • Jennifer
    Nov 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

  • Morgan
    Feb 04, 2019

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

  • Leslie Ray
    Feb 26, 2019

    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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

  • 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Way too loosey goosey with the facts (I think in an attempt to be poetic) to be reliable. ...

    I read the occasional non-fiction book but after picking up and absolutely adoringThe Food Explorer by Daniel Stone, I've decided it's a genre I'll be reaching for way more often. When I'm not reading, I'm actually a plant biologist, but I think this biography of David Fairchild, a f...

    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 piaciuta parecchio e l'atore stato in ...

    This book celebrates the American history without ignoring the less savory aspects of the period while also packing a few lessons for today's horrifying political environment. I highly recommend it for people who like narrative history and ?aha? moments about facts and figures. ...

    Fascinating history of David Fairchild, a botanist who traveled the world to find new foods for America's agriculture. Pretty amazing the number if items he was involved in finding; avocados, seedless grapes, mangoes, asparagus, kale, hops, dates, Egyptian cotton and all those beautifu...

    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...

  • Donald Cutler
    Mar 16, 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...

    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...

    In the late 19th century, eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor. It was definitely not the culture of being a "foodie" that we have today. Despite the diverse land and climate, especially as the country grew westward, the food that...

    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...

    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...

    One of the best food history books I have read. Be prepared - it is long and there is a lot of background information on Fairchild here. But once you finish, you will never look at Meyer lemon, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, or avocados the same again! So rich in detail! Truly b...

    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...

    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'...

    Absolutely fascinating! I came to this book absolutely clueless about its contents--beyond what's on the cover. A GR friend had added it to her 'want to read' shelf, the cover looked interesting, and my library had it. Once in my hands I dove right in--and barely came up for air unti...

    Reads like fiction and provides incredible insight into where our produce comes from. I?ve got tons of ?did you know...? facts that I didn?t even know I wanted to know, thanks to this book. The author reads the audiobook version, making it incredibly engaging for what would ...

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

    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. ...

    3+ ...

    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 ...

    "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...

    This book was almost everything I look for in narrative nonfiction. The author took an off-beat topic and turned it into a good story. I enjoyed reading it and learning about a new-to-me part of history. My only complaint is that it didn?t have any particularly exciting or memorable ...

    I know this is probably considered a science/food book but it's really a pretty amazing adventure story with the side benefit of giving the US some of it's most loved (and hated) produce: cashews, mangoes, avocados, dates, kale, nectarines, Meyer lemons, to name a few, plus flowering c...

    I?m quite jealous of Fairchild, as he got to explore the world before globalization and got to see cultures original and intact. Globalization has killed a lot of things. Very interesting book and adds a new perspective to some American history. Purchased a Meyer lemon yesterday and ...

    Very interesting. ...

    Way too loosey goosey with the facts (I think in an attempt to be poetic) to be reliable. ...

    I read the occasional non-fiction book but after picking up and absolutely adoringThe Food Explorer by Daniel Stone, I've decided it's a genre I'll be reaching for way more often. When I'm not reading, I'm actually a plant biologist, but I think this biography of David Fairchild, a f...

    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 piaciuta parecchio e l'atore stato in ...

    This book celebrates the American history without ignoring the less savory aspects of the period while also packing a few lessons for today's horrifying political environment. I highly recommend it for people who like narrative history and ?aha? moments about facts and figures. ...