BOOK: “The Food Explorer”
Daniel Stone is a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany in Washington D.C. He writes for National Geographic, is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek, and teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University. He is from Los Angeles, where he spent his youth in fields of peaches and strawberries. He now lives in Washington, D.C.
The Food Explorer is the story of David Fairchild, a late-19th-century food explorer traveling the world as a special agent of the American government. He visited more than fifty countries, all by boat, in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater.
His work came during a formative era. The golden age of travel, the Gilded Age, and the rise of industrial America. The cusp of the 20th century brought the ground-breaking innovation of telephones, electric light, and airplanes that could fly through the sky. Fairchild’s culinary ambition came as the United States was opening itself to the world with the bombast of imperialism. And through him, America transformed from a blank agricultural canvas to the most diverse food system ever created.
From writer Daniel Stone comes Fairchild’s story and the story of a nation newly emboldened to collect new things—most exciting among them, new foods. Fairchild was the first American foodie, the father of globalized agriculture, and, in an era of transformative inventors and political leaders, he was a culinary visionary whose country, because of his work, would never be the same.
Friday night @ The Historic McFarland House-Celebrity Dinner with Daniel Stone
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