The Taste of Country Cooking weaves the biography of a community into a cookbook. More than an autobiography, Ms. Lewis documents her childhood in Freetown, a community of Black farmers in the middle of Virginia.
Will I recommend this book to friends? No. This could’ve been a great book if he’d had more time to bolster his arguments. Instead, it was good mainly based on his ability to string together compelling phrases and ideas.
Review of the 2018 book, The Food Explorer, by Daniel Stone
If I had known there was a job called “agriculture explorer” when I was a kid, that’s exactly what I’d have told everyone I was going to be when I grew up. David Fairchild was the first of a select group that had that title with the now defunct Office of Seed and Plant Introduction at the US Department of Agriculture. They introduced over 200,000 species and varieties of plants to the US from 1898 to about 1930.