AgBookClub’s May selection, The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone, follows the adventures of David Fairchild. In the nineteenth century, Americans had a relatively bland diet by today’s standards. By the turn of the twentieth century, Fairchild began to change that, exploring the globe and bringing back foods like avocados, pistachios, and mangoes. We hope that this book is a refreshing change of pace compared to the ethics-heavy selections we’ve read over the last few months, and also reminds us to appreciate the privilege of choices at the supermarket – even if we’re facing fewer choices than usual these days.
Here’s what you need to do this month:
Get the book. Buy it, borrow it, download and listen to it, read it over your neighbor’s shoulder — we don’t care. But don’t steal the book.
Read the book.
- Week 1: Part 1 [chapters 1 – 5; pages 3 – 80] (Twitter chat on 5/6)
- Week 2: Part 2 [chapters 6 – 10; pages 81 – 160] (Twitter chat on 5/13)
- Week 3: Part 3 [chapters 11 – 15; pages 161 – 240] (Twitter chat on 5/20)
- Week 4: Part 4 [chapters 16 – 20 & epilogue; pages 241 – 324] (Twitter chat on 5/27)
Join the chat (#AgBookClub) on Wednesdays at 8:00pm Central on Twitter. Learn how to participate in a Twitter chat here. While we hope you can participate in our discussion every week, we know that everyone has busy schedules. We always include general questions following the topic(s) of the book that can be answered by anyone, so please don’t hesitate to jump in the Twitter chat if you didn’t have a chance to read the section we’re discussing. We welcome any and all to join the discussion!