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

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Dutton Books
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Daniel Stone is a staff writer for National Geographic and a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees from UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University.


"Daniel Stone brings a forgotten era of American food back to the table. . . . Stone brings drama, humor, and perspective."--Associated Press

"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

"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

"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)

"[Stone] captures the flavor of an adventurous age, using Fairchild's voluminous writings to launch vivid descriptions of his travels."--Booklist

"Fascinating."--The New York Times Book Review

"A must-read for foodies."--HelloGiggles

"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

"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

"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

"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