Daniel Stone

• Journalist and author of 'The Food Explorer' and 'Sinkable'

• Former senior editor for National Geographic and White House correspondent for Newsweek

Daniel Stone is a writer on science, history, and adventure. He is a former senior editor for National Geographic and a former White House correspondent for Newsweek. His first book, The Food Explorer, was a national bestseller and selected as the American Horticulture Society’s book of the year. The Food Explorer is currently in development for a TV series. His next book, Sinkable, coming in August 2022, is about shipwrecks, the deep sea, and the strange underworld of shipwreck obsession.

Daniel has written for Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Vice, Literary Hub, and has presented at the National Academy of Sciences. He is a professor of environmental science and policy at Johns Hopkins University.

A lover of science and the outdoors, he enjoys running, baseball, and is part of a competitive book club. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and two sons, one of whom is a dog.

Invite him to your gathering to discuss The Food Explorer, Sinkable or general matters of exploration and adventure.

Speech topics

The Spirit of Adventure and the Future of Food

We are what we eat. We should eat like our grandparents. Food is culture. So many of life's maxims revolve around food, and so much of our economies can be explained by what we eat. But how did it get that way? Bestselling author and storyteller Daniel Stone takes audiences to the early 20th century to show how a band of adventurous explorers roamed the planet in search of novel foods to bring back to a hungry country. Mangoes, apricots, lemons, and dates. Hundreds of foods we think of as ours in fact came in an explorer's knapsack. Tomorrow's food, however, is more an equation of algorithms, robots, and market testing. Stone explains in colorful detail what will be coming to supermarkets next and the exciting—and at times concerning—changes in what's coming to our menus.

The Wild World Underwater

Did you know there are an astounding three million shipwrecks on earth? Or that more people have died on ships than ever will in car accidents? You probably haven't heard about the secret CIA operation to salvage a Russian submarine three miles deep, or how the USS Maine (remember it!) not only sank in Havana harbor in 1898 but was actually salvaged three years later in an elaborate bathtub operation. Or the time two nuclear bombs accidentally fell into the ocean, or when an Egyptian diver dove deeper than any human on earth. Bestselling author Daniel Stone pulls eye-popping episodes from his new book SINKABLE to demonstrate the endless expanse of water on our planet—and our efforts to try to tame it—is anything but lifeless and boring.

The Success of Failure

Throughout history, we often see stories of failure, loss, and defeat. We're told that failing—and often repeatedly—is a crucial part of success. But what can failure teach us? National bestselling author and historian Daniel Stone takes audiences on a character-driven adventure of some of history's wildest episodes of embarrassing defeat to demonstrate that triumph often comes later, and in unlikely ways. Stone includes stories of well-known luminaries, and lesser known characters who almost made it big, to make the unexpected argument that the line between winner and loser can be extremely thin, and sometimes doesn't exist at all.

The Unexpected Stories o​n Our Dinner Plate

Why do we eat what we eat? And where does it come from? National Geographic​ ​writer and author Daniel Stone will colorfully describe the​ ​dramatic,​ ​strange, and​ ​curious way America imported​ ​the items in the modern supermarket, and then​ ​exported the American diet all over the world.​ ​He'll then explain what globalization​ ​means for our food systems, and the changes coming to what we eat in the​ ​coming decade.


Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

From the national bestselling author of The Food Explorer, a fascinating and rollicking plunge into the story of the world’s most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic

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

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes--and thousands more--to the American plate.

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