Ginseng, the Divine Root

Ginseng cover 300dpiGinseng, The Divine Root uncovers an epic tale of herbal medicine and the plant prized for centuries by emperors, healers, and smugglers. Collected by Daniel Boone, ginseng was one of North America’s first major exports to Asia. The book tracks the plant through one season, following its wild ride from remote forests in Appalachia to markets in China, a journey laced with crime, myths, gourmet cuisine, pop culture, and continental drift. Learn more at Algonquin Books. David has been interviewed on Good Food, Here on Earth, and A Chef’s Table. Also hear NPR interviews on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. Read reviews in the Boston Globe and buy Ginseng, the Divine Root.

Now available as an e-book from Algonquin Books.

Ginseng, the Divine Root – Algonquin Books – Download the fact sheet or listen to an NPR interview to hear “Ginseng Blues” and one ginseng champion’s story.

Buy the Chinese language edition here. See more reviews (and add your own!) on Goodreads.

Read in Smithsonian about the fight against ginseng-poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains, and one poacher’s cautionary tale.

Praise for ‘Ginseng, the Divine Root’


A “fascinating tour… a master storyteller.”
Library Journal

“An engaging cultural history.”
The Brooklyn Eagle

“An excellent job. I would highly recommend this book … reminds me of Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”

“An intelligent, wide-ranging account.”
Publishers Weekly

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