THE FOOD EXPLORER
"Fascinating...The Food Explorer tags along with a world-traveling Gilded Age botanist whose agricultural discoveries changed the American diet."
New York Times Book Review
WINNER: American Horticultural Society Book Award 2019
The Food Explorer provides “fascinating insight into how various foods found their way to our grocery store shelves.” It’s “a wonderful story and a piece of history relevant to anyone who eats.”
"The next time you mash up a batch of guacamole, thank David Fairchild. The late-19th-century botanist traveled the world from Chile to Japan, bringing avocados, mangoes, and more back to the U.S. His adventures come vividly to life in The Food Explorer."
—Martha Stewart Living
"Who knew avocados, citrus and cherry blossoms had a spellbinding past full of smuggling, spying, tycoons and death-defying adventure?...Daniel Stone brings a forgotten era of American food history back to the table, with a timely twist."
An approachable history, entertaining, and especially rewarding to anyone with an interest in America's culinary roots.
"A must read for anyone who grows plants, eats food, or just loves to read."
— National Tropical Botanical Garden
"The next time you devour an overpriced slice of avocado toast, munch on some kale or serve yourself some quinoa, you’re sampling just a few of the crops that Fairchild introduced to the American public. The Food Explorer offers a look at his journeys around the world and how he changed the American diet."