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One Book One Garden

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Free program; preregistration required, regular parking fees apply.

Lenhardt Library, Regenstein Center

Join us for our One Book One Garden discussion featuring The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by National Geographic editor Daniel Stone. Many of the fruits and vegetables we think of as defining certain areas of the United States, like Georgia peaches or Washington apples, actually originated all around the globe. In The Food Explorer, you will meet David Fairchild, the nineteenth-century botanist who brought many of our favorite foods to North America. Stone details Fairchild’s adventures as the young explorer travels to more than 50 countries, facing suspicious government officials, disease, and rough seas on his quest for the new and delicious. Fairchild left behind copious journals, notes, and letters, which Stone uses to paint a comprehensive picture of his life. The New York Times describes “Fairchild’s story, and the profound role he played in ushering us into modernity” as “fascinating.”

Read a New York Times review of The Food Explorer, “What’s a Zucchini? And Other Questions Americans Once Asked.”

Read the book and come to the Garden for a group book discussion. Our discussion will be led by Stacy Stoldt, manager of Library Public Services and rare book specialist, and Mary Plunkett, retired Chicago Botanic Garden manager of Interpretive Programs. Selections from the Lenhardt Library’s Rare Book Collection will be available for viewing. Please register early as space is limited. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Garden Shop.