The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Stephen Heyman has written for the New York Times, Slate, Vogue, and many other publications. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Leon Levy Center for Biography and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in Pittsburgh.


In this delightful and exhilarating page-turner...Heyman does an impressive job of combining all of Bromfield's interests into a cohesive narrative that captivates as both intriguing history and a significant look at early environmentalism.
I couldn't put this book down. In this wonderful biography, Stephen Heyman pulls the curtain back so those of us who practically idolized this bigger-than-life soil spokesman can finally understand the complicated man behind the legend.--Joel Salatin, founder of Polyface Farm, author of Folks, This Ain't Normal
The astounding tale of Louis Bromfield, a rare and accomplished figure who has vanished from collective memory, despite his importance to issues ranging from organic food to the ephemeral nature of fame. An engaging and fascinating book on many levels.--Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod and Salt
If Stephen Heyman had written Louis Bromfield's life as a novel, readers would have found the tale too tall to believe.--Deirdre Bair, author of Parisian Lives
A brilliant, engaging read about the life of a literary icon and, until now, unrecognized founder of the organic movement.--Dan Barber, chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, author of The Third Plate
This is more than a sparkling biography; it's a botanical adventure story of a full, plant-based bohemian life, following the journey of a modern Johnny Appleseed from Ohio to World War I France to Hollywood to our dinner plates.--Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene