Gloucester Roads Books, an independent book shop, are hosting an event with the fantastic seed and vegetable expert, Adam Alexander as he launches his new book, The Seed Detective at 7pm on October 11th.
Adam Alexander, a renowned expert on vegetables and seeds, will be discussing his new book, The Seed Detective: Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables.
Adam is a consummate storyteller thanks to forty years as an award-winning film and television producer, but his true passion is collecting rare, endangered but, above all, delicious vegetables from around the world. He lectures widely on his work discovering and conserving rare, endangered garden crops.
In the book, Adam shares his tales of seed hunting and the stories behind many of our everyday vegetable heroes. We learn that the common garden pea was domesticated from three wild species over 8,500 years ago; that Egyptian priests considered it a crime to even look at a fava bean, that the first carrots originated in Afghanistan (and were purple or red in colour) and that the Romans were fanatical about asparagus. Taking us on a journey that began when we left the life of the hunter-gatherer to become farmers, Adam tells tales of globalisation, political intrigue, colonisation and serendipity – describing how these vegetables and their travels have become embedded in our food cultures.
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The event is taking place at Sidney & Eden about 50 metres from the shop, at 198 Gloucester Road. It starts at 7pm on October 11th.
Adam will be discussing the book and his work with Sara Venn, founder of Edible Bristol and chair of Bristol Food Producers.