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Armchair Travel Lecture – The Mysterious Origins of Our Favorite Foods: The Global Travels of David Fairchild and His Team with Daniel Stone

Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Mary Craig Auditorium

Hear from author Daniel Stone about the true story of an American food spy who traveled the world and transformed what America eats.

American supermarkets were not always as abundant and diverse as they are today. Our favorite foods came to America in the hands of food explorers who circled the world for the USDA in search of novel plants that transformed the American diet. Join their adventures to more than 50 countries with National Geographic writer Daniel Stone, author of The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats. Follow in their footsteps to Indonesia, Japan, Iraq, Egypt, Chile, and New Guinea. Let your mouth water with stories of the big and small ways food innovators and chefs are working to keep us satisfied and well-fed in the coming decades.

Daniel Stone is a bestselling author on science, adventure and food history. He writes for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek. He has written for Time MagazineThe Washington PostVice, and Literary Hub. He teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University. Daniel is a proud alumnus of UC Davis and a new resident (with his wife, Alanna) to Santa Barbara.

“Mr. Stone is an amiable narrator who balances botany, culinary history and travelogue.” – Wall Street Journal
“An erudite and entertaining historical biography of a food pioneer with particular interest for gastronomes and agriculture enthusiasts.” - Kirkus 
SBMA Travel’s armchair lecture series takes you on a trip to otherworldly destinations, all from your armchair on a Sunday afternoon. We have a robust Museum Travel program to all corners of the world, and our Armchair Travel series brings those travels to you.