Daniel Stone Book Talk & Signing
When: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 6pm
Where: Barton Library at Greenville Tech (506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Building 102)
Cost: FREE (but please Register here if you plan to attend)
If You Cannot Make the Event
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If You’re Attending the Event
Meet Daniel Stone, a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany. He writes for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Stone will be speaking at the Barton Library on March 7th at 6pm about his new book, The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of Slow Food Upstate, and the book talk will be followed by a Q&A and signing. This event is FREE and open to the public, but please RSVP to Slow Food Upstate if you plan to attend. Books can be purchased online, in store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540.
About The Food Explorer
Daniel Stone tells the little known story of food spy David Fairchild. Stone, a staff writer for National Geographic, observed that the same way immigrants came to America, so did our fruits and vegetables—and we have David Fairchild to thank for many of them. The Food Explorer takes readers on his exciting culinary journey, from Java to Baghdad, Corsica and Bavaria, and many stops in between. Along the way, he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. Fairchild ate foods that he had never seen before, stuck cuttings into raw potatoes to preserve them, and befriended other adventure seekers along the way. He also found love, marrying Marian Bell, the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. Fairchild introduced many of the crops that are part of our daily lives including foods we enjoy and associate with the American diet, including:
• Avocados, which he brought from Chile.
• Kale, the superfood of our time, which began as low-class
food in Croatia.
• The Meyer lemon and Florida’s famous oranges, which
originated in China.
• Egyptian cotton, a botanical creation in Egypt as a result of
America’s Civil War.
• Mangoes, of which Fairchild collected more than 30
varieties, some still growing today.
With stories taken directly from Fairchild’s unpublished journals and letters, as well as never-before-seen photographs from remote parts of the world, The Food Explorer is as rich and satisfying as a ripe Georgia peach (which, by the way, came from China).