The Resource The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats, Daniel Stone

The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats, Daniel Stone

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The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats
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The food explorer
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the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats
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Daniel Stone
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eng
Summary
  • 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. Agriculture yielded stable, basic crops like soybeans, corn, and barley, and few growers considered variety or flavor. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable hunger to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Boarding a steamship, Fairchild embarked with little money and even less confidence, but he abounded with curiosity. Soon he fell in with an eccentric San Francisco millionaire named Barbour Lathrop, who took a shine to the awkward young man and financed his wanderlust. Across oceans and over rails, up mountainsides and through the surf of tropical beaches, they visited five continents and more than fifty countries, encountering cultures unimaginable to his neighbors back home. 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 from 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, the golden age of science, travel, and a world growing more connected; and through him, America's food system was transformed into the most diverse ever."--Dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DNAL/DLC
Dewey number
580.92
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QK31.F2
LC item number
.S76 2018
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QK31.F2
NAL item number
S76 2018
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bibliography
The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats, Daniel Stone
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The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats, Daniel Stone
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-385) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Chance encounters -- One thousand dollars -- East of Suez -- Guest and protégé -- The listless Pacific -- One cause, one country -- Crossing countries -- Alligator pears -- Grapes of a Venetian monk -- Citrus maxima -- Lemons, leaves, and the dawn of new light -- On the banks of the Tigris -- Bell's grand plan -- A brain awhirl -- Cherry trees with no cherries -- The urge to walk -- Outlaws, brigands, and murderers -- Fly the coop -- Sad and mad and so utterly unnecessary -- Wij zijn Amerikanen -- Epilogue
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ocn988851760
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Extent
xvi, 397 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101990582
Lccn
2017030324
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, some color, map
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(OCoLC)988851760

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