The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed the American Dinner Table summary ð 108

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Ck a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry and via 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 and through him America transformed into the most diverse food system ever created. Wow I am not normally a voracious page turner of non fiction but this one did it for meThis is the true story of David Fairchild a man who was responsible for immeasurably enriching America's agriculture Does that sound dull It's not If you're like me you love food If you're like me you maybe also consider yourself fairly willing to try new things and food of different ethnicities BUT none of us can escape that we are probably pretty complacent about the foods we have grown up with the foods we assume belong to our people and our lifestyle These foods somehow seem to just naturally have pride of place on our menu and that's just the way it is and they're normal and everything else while interesting and maybe delicious is slightly exotic and outsideWrongWhen I learned from this book how much painstaking work and passion went into importing new plants into America plants that produce food we now take for granted I was in awe When I realized what an absolute lottery of chance it was that certain plants found success in the United States and other plants never uite got a proper opportunity due to accident or poor timing I was confounded My exciting profound takeaway from this book is that there is SO MUCH food out there and given a slight alteration in history or policy ALL of it could have been MY normal If this doesn't change the way you look at food and enhance your willingness to try all types then nothing willThis book was extremely well written Usually when I read non fiction I set myself goals of a certain number of pages per time When I was at about 70% towards the end I intended to stop for a bit but I just kept on going I wanted to know what happened to David Fairchild to his star explorer Frank Meyer SO tragic and when I use Meyer lemons from now on I will contemplate his life with the proper gravitas and to the edge of your seat battle between the plant importers and the pest preventersThis is a tale of a little espionage a little diplomacy a little bureaucracy a little romance a lot of friendship and a driving curiosity about the good stuff on the planet Here are a few choice uotesFairchild used to say 'Never be satisfied with what you know only with what you can find outFairchild liked the idea of espionage but he was as skilled at covert action as he was at ballroom dancing having done neitherFor a botanist the first taste of a new plant was like meeting a new person and recalling it flooded the mind with memories of where it had happened what the tongue expected and what it found instead Wasn't it strange Fairchild observed man's propensity to be satisfied with so little when so much was available YES I think so tooA glass ceiling could be shattered once; after that latecomers could only break the pieces into smaller and smaller shardsHis cynicism about people's stubborn tastes had grown strong I know there are many people who will shy at the idea of even tasting the leaves of the papaya Fairchild wroteBut as they shake their heads they will reach for a cigaretteI first learned about this book from a Smithsonian podcast called Side Door and NetGalley kindly gave me access to a digital review copy

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The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed the American Dinner TableThe 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 to the American plateIn the nineteenth century American meals were about subsistence not enjoyment But as a new century approached appetites broadened and David Fairchild a youn. In the late 19th century eating in America was pretty basic without a lot of variety and probably not a lot of flavor It was definitely not the culture of being a foodie that we have today Despite the diverse land and climate especially as the country grew westward the food that was grown and cultivated remained relatively the same David Fairchild a botanist with an insatiable desire to travel sought and brought back some of our favorite foods that we take for granted as always having been here It is amazing to think that foods like avocado cashews mangoes papaya grapes were not native to America but brought here in the form of seeds or cuttings that sometimes were acuired dubiously and not without danger in some cases Sometimes with a benefactormentor he traveled around the globe several times by ship in order to send back to the Department of Agriculture seeds or cuttings to be cultivated here in similar climates to their origin I was fascinated by this particular topic as we take for granted the abundance of different fruits and vegetables that we have access to There was a lot of interesting historical facts in addition to the adventures of David Fairchild It is well worth the read if you enjoy reading about the gilded age of American history and something as vital and necessary as the cultivation and propagation of diverse foods

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The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed the American Dinner Table summary ð 108 Ü The true adventures of David Fairchild a late nineteenth century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops G botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eaterKale 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 ba. “We have only one life to live and we want to spend it enriching our own country with the plants of the world which produce good things to eat and to look atThis is the next pick for my local bookclub and even though I had to fight the eBook hold lists at the library I was able to get to it before we meet It is a fascinating tale of many of the foods grown and consumed in America today all because of this one man who ventured out and collected seeds and cuttings from around the world My unfortunate husband got to hear a lot of tiny bits that I found fascinating I'm looking forward to our discussion especially since many of the people in the book club went to a talk with the authorWhat about how he tried breaking uinoa to the states but people didn't get it and it took ten decades for it to get popular My favorite place is probably where Fairchild talks about kale as the food of the common people and the author puts his own digs I love kale