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Friends of the Palm Springs Library (FOPSL) Book Club

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Friends of the Palm Springs Library (FOPSL) Book Club

Join the Friends of the Palm Springs Library (FOPSL) Book Club for a discussion of The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone at 2:00 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

The FOPSL Book Club meets on the third Friday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in The Learning Center at the Library, and is open to everyone. Members of the Club read the selected book for the month, then join in lively discussions. Click here to see a list of future selections for the FOPSL Book Club.


February 14, 2020

The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone

The Food Explorer

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. 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.

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 transformed into a diverse food system.

 

 


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