With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s difficult to get the sumptuous meals we are about to consume in a few weeks off our minds. But, have you ever stopped to consider where the food on your table comes from? Unlike the bounty of food that adorns our tables during Thanksgiving, American meals in the nineteenth century were made for subsistence, not enjoyment. That was until David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable hunger to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater.
Fairchild’s adventures are described in great detail by National Geographic writer Daniel Stone in his book, The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats.