The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone audiobook

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

By Daniel Stone
Read by Daniel Stone

Penguin Audio
9.88 Hours Unabridged
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The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes—and thousands more—to the American plate. In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. Fairchild’s finds weren’t just limited to food: From Egypt he sent back a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry, and via Japan he introduced the cherry blossom tree, forever brightening America’s capital. Along the way, he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, and through him, America transformed into the most diverse food system ever created.

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The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes—and thousands more—to the American plate.

In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater.

Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. Fairchild’s finds weren’t just limited to food: From Egypt he sent back a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry, and via Japan he introduced the cherry blossom tree, forever brightening America’s capital. Along the way, he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, and through him, America transformed into the most diverse food system ever created.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Daniel Stone draws the reader into an intriguing, seductive world, rich with stories and surprises. The Food Explorer shows you the history and drama hidden in your fruit bowl. It’s a delicious piece of writing. Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid Thief
A must-read for foodies. HelloGiggles
The Food Explorer is not only filled with fascinating information and incredible characters, it’s also original, colorful, and irresistibly charming. I think I had almost as much fun reading about Fairchild’s adventures as he had living them. Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author of Hero of the Empire
Daniel Stone has written an elegant food history, a thrilling tour of a lost world—sometimes glamorous, sometimes dangerous, and always highly entertaining. Luke Barr, New York Times bestselling author of Provence, 1970
Move over, Anthony Bourdain. Here is a story about a profligate world traveler with a discriminating palate. A delightful tale of science and wanderlust. Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of In the Kingdom of Ice
Daniel Stone spins a fascinating tale of a most unusual explorer. Any American who has ever savored a cashew or a nectarine has David Fairchild to thank. With a sharp eye and a deft touch, Stone has brought to life an intriguing new hero and his Gilded Age adventures around the globe. Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Being Nixon  
Fascinating. The New York Times Book Review
[Stone] captures the flavor of an adventurous age, using Fairchild’s voluminous writings to launch vivid descriptions of his travels. Booklist
Narrated in vividly realized, richly descriptive text with accompanying photographs, Stone’s biography reanimates the legacy of an important contributor to the botanical diversity of America. . . . An erudite and entertaining historical biography of a food pioneer. Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Stone is an amiable narrator who balances botany, culinary history, and travelogue with fast-paced adventure writing and a well-drawn cast of characters. The Wall Street Journal
Foodies and scientists alike will appreciate Stone’s informative and entertaining book. Publishers Weekly
The Food Explorer does a wonderful job bringing Fairchild’s story to life and giving this American original some overdue recognition. BookPage
This fascinating read will appeal to those interested in American history and food culture, travel narratives, and agriculture. Library Journal (starred review) 
Daniel Stone brings a forgotten era of American food back to the table. . . . Stone brings drama, humor, and perspective. Associated Press

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by Ryan Paul Winn 2/1/2019
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American History Magazine Review Excerpt

A century before travel shows began enticing Americans with cuisine from afar, David Fairchild was touring the world in search of plants that would change the national diet. Daniel Stone’s text is a charming study of the Gilded Age food explorer whose shamefully unsung legacy includes introducing Americans to avocados, cashews, nectarines, soy beans—and Egyptian cotton. Stone’s admiration for Fairchild is apparent in his colorful text and excitable performance, the results of which are delightful. Stone’s audiobook affirms that David Fairchild’s mixture of curiosity and wanderlust invigorated American agriculture while revolutionizing the American palate.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 9.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English