Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone

The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

4 stars

(Received for review)

Let me start by saying I read a digital ARC (which isn't my preference but it was what was available).

The digital ARC had MAJOR formatting issues (for example anywhere you had "ff" or "fi" or "fl" in a word those letters simply weren't present.... sometimes there was a space where they should go and other times not) that HOPEFULLY will not be present in any finished copy.

Also, I'm desperately hoping that the meandering of the text and the sudden jumps in topic are at least partly due to the formatting issues.

I'm guessing it is.  Probably some of it would be in nice boxes or something that would indicate it is an aside.

Because wow meandering. You don't necessarily mind... because it's mostly interesting... but it's a bit of a jolt to be brought back to Fairchild and remember "oh yeah! THAT'S what this book's supposed to be about".

I do wish some of the modern moralizing had been slashed by a good editor.  It really did get old.

That and the level of meandering are what lost it a star.

Overall- SO INTERESTING.  If you enjoy history or plant biology or food you should really take a look.

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