Wednesday, March 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books and the Missouri Botanical Garden welcome National Geographic staff writer Daniel Stone, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats, with Senior Vice President for Science and Conservation James S. Miller!
In the 19th 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 the world, set out in search of foods—avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes, and thousands more—that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. The Food Explorer tells stories taken directly from Fairchild’s unpublished journals and letters, as well as never-before-seen photographs from remote parts of the world.
"The Food Explorer shows you the history and drama hidden in your fruit bowl. It's a delicious piece of writing.” —Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Food Explorer from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
James S. Miller, PhD, is the Senior Vice President for Science and Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Through his various research endeavors, Dr. Miller has traveled to more than 60 countries, both collecting plants and conducting cooperative research. Dr. Miller is an authority on the systematics of the plant group Boraginales, a group of ten families and about 2,500 species that are widely scattered in the world. He has worked with numerous plant families in Mexico and Central America, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Madagascar. He is actively involved with using information from these studies to inform conservation initiatives, including which species are in most need of our attention to ensure their future survival and how they can adapt to climate change.
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Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.