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Nabhan, Gary Paul

Works: 134 works in 289 publications in 4 languages and 16,623 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Signer, Author of introduction
Classifications: QK46.5.D58, 581.632
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Where our food comes from retracing Nikolay Vavilov's quest to end famine by Gary Paul Nabhan( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of our food depends on seeds in orchards and fields the world over. In 1943, one of the first to recognize this fact, botanist Nikolay Vavilov, lay dying of starvation in a Soviet prison. But in the years before Stalin jailed him as a scapegoat, Vavilov had traveled over five continents, collecting hundreds of thousands of seeds in an effort to outline the ancient centers of agricultural diversity and guard against widespread hunger. Now, another remarkable scientist--and vivid storyteller--has retraced his footsteps. Here, Gary Paul Nabhan weaves together Vavilov's extraordinary story with his own expeditions to Earth's richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that tend them. In his travels, Nabhan shows how climate change, free trade policies, genetic engineering, and loss of traditional knowledge are threatening our food supply. But he also shows what resilient farmers and scientists in many regions are doing to save the remaining living riches of our world.--From publisher description
The forgotten pollinators by Stephen L Buchmann( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Forgotten Pollinators, Stephen L. Buchmann, one of the world's leading authorities on bees and pollination, and Gary Paul Nabhan, award-winning writer and renowned crop ecologist, explore the vital but little-appreciated relationship between plants and the animals they depend on for reproduction - bees, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, bats, and countless other animals, some widely recognized and others almost unknown." "Scenes from around the globe - examining island flora and fauna on the Galapagos, counting bees in the Panamanian rain forest, witnessing an ancient honey-hunting ritual in Malaysia - bring to life the hidden relationships between plants animals and demonstrates the ways in which human society affects and is affected by those relationships. Buchmann and Nabhan combine vignettes from the field with expository discussions of ecology, botany, and crop science to present a lively and fascinating account of the ecological and cultural context of plant-pollinator relationships." "More than any other natural process, plant-pollinator relationships offer vivid examples of the connections between endangered species and threatened habitats. The authors explain how human-induced changes in pollinator populations - caused by overuse of chemical pesticides, unbridled development, and conversion of natural areas into monocultural cropland - can have a ripple effect on disparate species, ultimately leading to a "cascade of linked extinctions.""--Jacket
Why some like it hot : food, genes, and cultural diversity by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One-third of the world's human population is sensitive to certain foods due to your genes' interactions with them." "Formerly misunderstood as "genetic disorders," many of these sensitivities are now considered to be adaptations that our ancestors evolved in response to the dietary choices and diseases they faced over millennia in particular landscapes. They are liabilities only when we are "out of place," on globalized diets depleted of certain chemicals that triggered adaptive responses in our ancestors." "In Why Some Like It Hot, an award-winning natural historian takes us on a culinary odyssey to solve the puzzles posed by "the ghosts of evolution" hidden within every culture and its traditional cuisine. As we travel from Java and Bali to Crete and Sardinia, to Hawaii and Mexico, Nabhan offers us a view of genes, diets, ethnicity, and place that will forever change the way we understand human health and cultural diversity. This book marks the dawning of evolutionary gastronomy in a way that may save and enrich millions of lives."--BOOK JACKET
Enduring seeds : native American agriculture and wild plant conservation by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warns that modern agriculture practices have over-manipulated and genetically streamlined domestic plants and animals, and suggest fostering diversity, safeguarding wild plants, and developing a wide variety of crops for different local conditions
Coming home to eat : the pleasures and politics of local foods by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gary Paul Nabhan shares what he learned after spending a year eating only foods that were grown, fished, or gathered within two hundred miles of his home
The geography of childhood : why children need wild places by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and Chinese and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this unique collaboration, naturalists Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble investigate how children come to care deeply about the natural world. They ask searching questions about what may happen to children denied exposure to wild places - a reality for more children today than at any time in human history. The authors remember pivotal events in their own childhood that led each to a life-long relationship with the land: Nabhan's wanderings in the wasteland of steel mills and power plants of Gary, Indiana, and in the Indiana Dunes; Trimble's travels in the West with a geologist father. They tell stories of children learning about wild places and creatures in settings ranging from cities and suburbs to isolated Nevada sheep ranches to Native American communities in the Southwest and Mexico. The Geography of Childhood draws insights from fields as various as evolutionary biology, child psychology, education, and ethnography. The book urges adults to rethink our children's contact with nature. Small children have less need for large-scale wilderness than for a garden, gully, or field to create a crucial tie to the natural world. Nabhan suggests that traditional wilderness-oriented rites of passage may help cure the alienation of adolescence: "Those who as adolescents fail to pass through such rites remain in an arrested state of immaturity for the remainder of their lives." Trimble's fatherhood leads him to question how we grant different freedoms to girls and boys in their exploration of nature - and how this bias powerfully affects adult lives. Both authors return to their experiences with indigenous peoples to show how nature is taught and wilderness understood in cultures historically grounded outside of America's cities and suburbs. The Geography of Childhood makes clear how human growth remains rooted, as it always has, both in childhood and in wild landscapes. It is an essential book for all parents and teachers who wonder what our children may miss if they never experience local wildlife or wild landscapes
Gathering the desert by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the history and uses of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including creosote, palm trees, mesquite, organpipe cactus, amaranth, chiles, and Devil's claw
Cultures of Habitat : on nature, culture, and story by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twenty-four essays in which the author observes how natural diversity and cultural diversity support each other, and offers examples of how human communities have influenced nature
Tequila : a natural and cultural history by Ana Guadalupe Valenzuela Zapata( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Tequila! A Natural and Cultural History, Ana G. Valenzuela-Zapata, leading agronomist in Mexico's tequila industry, and Gary Paul Nabhan, one of America's most respected ethnobotanists, plumb the myth of tequila as they introduce the natural history, economics, and cultural significance of the plants cultivated for its production."--BOOK JACKET
Renewing America's food traditions : saving and savoring the continent's most endangered foods( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Renewing America's Food Traditions is a beautifully illustrated and dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve the great diversity of foods that gives North America its distinctive culinary identity and reflects our multicultural heritage. It offers us rich natural and cultural histories as well as recipes and folk traditions associated with the rarest food plants and animals in North America. In doing so, it reminds us that what we choose to eat can either conserve or deplete the cornucopia of our continent." "While offering a eulogy to a once-common game food that has gone extinct - the passenger pigeon - the book doesn't dwell on tragic losses. Instead, it highlights the success stories of food recovery, habitat restoration, and market revitalization that chefs, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and foresters have recently achieved. Through such "food parables," editor Gary Paul Nabhan and his colleagues bulld a persuasive argument for eater-based conservation."--BOOK JACKET
Ingredients( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspiring and rich, Ingredients unearths the roots of the local food movement and digs into the stories of the world-class chefs, sustainability-minded farmers and impassioned activists transforming our broken food system
Cross-pollinations : the marriage of science and poetry by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pioneering ethnobotanist, Gary Paul Nabhan credits the arts with sparking unlikely scientific breakthroughs and believes that such "cross-pollination" engenders new forms of expression that are essential to discovery. In this highly readable book, he tells four stories to illustrate this idea. In the first, coping with color blindness in art class leads to his career as a scientist; in the second, ancient American Indian songs, when translated, reveal an understanding of plants and animals that rivals modern research; in the third, a poem inspires an approach to diabetes using desert plants; and in the fourth, a coalition of scientists and artists creates the Ironwood Forest National Monument in the Sonoran Desert. Cross-Pollinations is about dissolving boundaries and blending disciplines to reveal a world rich in possibility. An accomplished biologist and writer, Gary Paul Nabhan believes that the free movement between science and literature, between cultivated and wild habitats, and between culture and language engenders the kind of unlikely and seemingly incompatible perceptions that are essential to discovery of any kind. He illustrates the successful marriage of science and poetry with true stories about color-blind scientists, the knowledge stored in ancient Native American songs, the link between an Amy Clampitt poem and diabetes research, and a unique collaboration in support of the Ironwood Forest National Monument
Cumin, camels, and caravans : a spice odyssey by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gary Paul Nabhan takes the reader on a vivid and far-ranging journey across time and space in this fascinating look at the relationship between the spice trade and culinary imperialism. Drawing on his own family's history as spice traders, as well as travel narratives, historical accounts, and an ethnobotanical exploration of spices and their uses, Nabhan describes the critically important roles that Semitic peoples and desert floras had in setting the stages for globalized spice trade. Traveling along four prominent trade routes-the Silk Road, and the Frankincense Trail
Singing the turtles to sea : the Comcáac (Seri) art and science of reptiles by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Comcaac, or Seri Indians, live in the starkly beautiful and biologically rich desert of Sonora, Mexico. Reptiles of all kinds - lizards, crocodiles, snakes, and turtles - play a large role in their culture. Unfortunately, the long-term survival of the Comcaac and the future of many of these animals are uncertain. This book describes and preserves the richness of Comcaac knowledge about reptiles. Through stories, songs, photographs, illustrations of Comcaac arts, and discussions of Sonoran ecology, Nabhan demonstrates the irreplaceable value of this knowledge for us today." "This ethnobiology contains information on the origins, biogeography and conservation status of the marine and desert reptiles of the region and links the importance of preserving ecological diversity with issues such as endangered languages and human rights. Singing the Turtles to Sea ultimately points the way toward a more hopeful future for the native cultures and animals of the Sonoran Desert and for the preservation of indigenous cultures and species around the world."--BOOK JACKET
Food, genes, and culture : eating right for your origins by Gary Paul Nabhan( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Vegan, low fat, low carb, slow carb: Every diet seems to promise a one-size-fits-all solution to health. But they ignore the diversity of human genes and how they interact with what we eat.In Food, Genes, and Culture, renowned ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan shows why the perfect diet for one person could be disastrous for another. If your ancestors were herders in Northern Europe, milk might well provide you with important nutrients, whereas if you're Native American, you have a higher likelihood of lactose intolerance. If your roots lie in the Greek islands, the acclaimed Mediterranean diet might save your heart; if not, all that olive oil could just give you stomach cramps.Nabhan traces food traditions around the world, from Bali to Mexico, uncovering the links between ancestry and individual responses to food. The implications go well beyond personal taste. Today's widespread mismatch between diet and genes is leading to serious health conditions, including a dramatic growth over the last 50 years in auto-immune and inflammatory diseases.Readers will not only learn why diabetes is running rampant among indigenous peoples and heart disease has risen among those of northern European descent, but may find the path to their own perfect diet"--
Growing food in a hotter, drier land : lessons from desert farmers on adapting to climate uncertainty by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Counting sheep : twenty ways of seeing desert bighorn( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning the natural and social sciences here offer a similarly diverse collection of writings, with women's, Hispanic, and Native American views complementing those in a genre long dominated by Anglo men. The four sections of the anthology comprise pre-Anglo-American tradition, examples of early nature writing, varied responses by modern writers to actually counting sheep, and a selection of essays that place bighorns in the context of the larger world. Counting Sheep
Chasing chiles : hot spots along the pepper trail by Kurt Michael Friese( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chasing Chiles looks at both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture through the lens of the chile pepper-from the farmers who cultivate this iconic crop to the cuisines and cultural traditions in which peppers play a huge role. Why chile peppers? Both a spice and a vegetable, chile peppers have captivated imaginations and taste buds for thousands of years. Native to Mesoamerica and the New World, chiles are currently grown on every continent, since their relatively recent introduction to Europe (in the early 1500s via Christopher Columbus). Chiles are delicious, dynamic, and very diverse-they have been rapidly adopted, adapted, and assimilated into numerous world cuisines, and while malleable to a degree, certain heirloom varieties are deeply tied to place and culture-but now accelerating climate change may be scrambling their terroir. Over a year-long journey, three pepper-loving gastronauts-an agroecologist, a chef, and an ethnobotanist-set out to find the real stories of America's rarest heirloom chile varieties, and learn about the changing climate from farmers and other people who live by the pepper, and who, lately, have been adapting to shifting growing conditions and weather patterns. They put a face on an issue that has been made far too abstract for our own good
Desert terroir : exploring the unique flavors and sundry places of the borderlands by Gary Paul Nabhan( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the unique qualities of the foods of the desert areas of Mexico and the southwestern United States, discussing how the ecology and cultural history of the area shape its food
Conserving migratory pollinators and nectar corridors in western North America( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nine scholarly papers employ the disciplines of comparative zoogeography and conservation biology to describe the importance of migratory pollinators and the "nectar trails" that make plant propagation possible, including such topics as stresses during migration, the role of bats and hummingbirds, the relationship between saguaros and white-winged doves, and the impact of the migration of Monarch butterflies on the plants in their path
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Alternative Names
Nabhan, G. P. 1952-

Nabhan, Gary

Nabhan, Gary 1952-

Nabhan, Gary P.

ナバーン, ゲイリー・ポール

ナブハン, G. P

ナブハン, ゲイリー・ポール

The forgotten pollinatorsWhy some like it hot : food, genes, and cultural diversityEnduring seeds : native American agriculture and wild plant conservationComing home to eat : the pleasures and politics of local foodsThe geography of childhood : why children need wild placesGathering the desertCultures of Habitat : on nature, culture, and storyTequila : a natural and cultural history