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Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan

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Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called “the father of the local food movement” by Mother Earth News. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border.

He is author or editor of twenty-four books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Croatian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. For his writing and collaborative conservation work, he has been honored with a MacArthur “genius” award, a Southwest Book Award, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, the Vavilov Medal, and lifetime achievement awards from the Quivira Coalition and Society for Ethnobiology.

He works most of the year as a research scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and the rest as co-founder-facilitator of several food and farming alliances, including Renewing America’s Food Traditions and Flavors Without Borders.

  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Chasing Chiles – Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail. White River Jct: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Where Our Food Comes From – Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine. South Beach: Shearwater Press, 2008.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Renewing America’s Food Traditions – Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods. White River Jct: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Arab/American: Landscape, Culture, and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2008.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Renewing Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2006.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity. South Beach: Shearwater Press, 2004.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Renewing America’s Food Traditions (with Ashley Rood). White River Jct: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Woodlands in Crisis (with Marcelle Coder and Susie Smith). Flagstaff: Bilby Research Center, NAU, 2004.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Cross-Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2004.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Tequila!: A Natural and Cultural History (with Ana-Guadalupe Valenzuela-Zapata). Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Singing the Turtles to Sea. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods. New York:  W. W. Norton & Company, 2001.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Efrain of the Sonoran Desert: A Lizard’s Life Among the Seri Indians (with Amalia Astorga and Janet Miller). El Paso: Cinco Punto Press, 2001.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. La Vida Nortena (with David Burckhalter and Thomas Sheridan). Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. People, Plants and Protected Areas (with John Tuxill). Oxford: Earthscan, 1998
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Cultures of Habitat. Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 1997.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. The Forgotten Pollinators (with Stephen Buchmann). District of Columbia: Island Press, 1996.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. The Geography of Childhood (with Stephen Trimble). Boston: Beacon Press, 1994.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves. New York: Penguin Books, 1994.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Counting Sheep. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1994.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Enduring Seeds. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1989.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. Gathering the Desert. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1985.
  • Nabhan, Gary Paul. The Desert Smells Like Rain. New York: North Point Press, 1982.