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Public Lecture Series with Dan Stone - "The Food Explorer"

The Food Explorers: The Botanists Who Roamed the Planet To Find Our Everyday Foods

In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young 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 eater. Along with his team of USDA botanists, Fairchild transformed the American diet.

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 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 developed the most diverse food system ever created.

Join Fairchild’s adventures with National Geographic writer Daniel Stone, author of “The Food Explorer.”

Dan Stone is a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany in Washington D.C. He writes for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He has written for Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Vice, and Literary Hub. He teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University.


Date: Monday, December 17

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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