Come to the Eustis Estate for a special author talk with Daniel Stone on his new book, The Food Explorer. The book recounts the fascinating story of David Fairchild, a late-19th-century explorer traveling the world as a special agent of the American government. He visited more than fifty countries, all by boat, in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. He got arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. He brought back avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes, and hundreds of fruits and vegetables that would forever change what Americans eat.
Fairchild’s work came during a formative era: the golden age of travel, the Gilded Age, and the rise of industrial America. It is the story of a nation newly emboldened to collect new things—most exciting among them, new foods. Fairchild was the first American foodie, the father of globalized agriculture, and, in an era of transformative inventors and political leaders, he was a culinary visionary whose country, because of his work, would never be the same.
Daniel 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 teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University.
Presented with Brookwood Community Farm. Their mission is to build a farm-centered community that members call their own. Farm members are united by a shared passion for sustainable agriculture, fresh local food, and a commitment to increasing access to healthy food. Event is in connection with ArtWeek and will feature a Q&A with the author and book signing.
Advance registration recommended. Doors will open at 6:30 for a reception prior to the talk. Book will be available for sale. For more information call 617-994-6600.