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Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager

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ISBN13: 9781594850868
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  • Quirky, engaging book about the hot topic of sustainable foods
  • Combines adventure with locavorism
  • Delves into iconic Northwest staples, such as huckleberries, Dungeness crab, and morels

Foraging is not just a throwback to our hunter-gatherer past; it's a way to reconnect with the landscape. And Langdon Cook is not just your typical grocery cart-toting dad. For him, gourmet delicacies abound, free for the taking if we just open our eyes. As a result, he finds himself free-diving in icy Puget Sound in hopes of spearing a snaggletooth lingcod, armed with nothing more than a "Hawaiian sling." He tempts fate by eating mushrooms that may or may not be poisonous. He strings up a fly rod to chase after sea-run trout. He even pulls on the gardening gloves to collect stinging nettles.

In wry, detailed prose, he traces his journey from wrangler of pre-packaged calories to connoisseur of coveted wild edibles. Structured around the seasons of the year, each chapter focuses on a specific food type and concludes with a recipe featuring the author's hard-won bounty, a savory stop to each adventure-filled morsel.

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"Beautifully written." Seattle Weekly

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"The intrepid (Langdon) Cook makes it his mission to root out and harvest all manner of edibles, from razor clams to weeds." Bon Appetit

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"Cook is a born storyteller who celebrates the food of the land and sea with poetic prose tinged with humor. This book is not only a field guide that depicts the pleasures of foraging, but one that shares the hunt, the recipes, and the colorful stories behind the author's foraging." Washington Reads, Washington State Library

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Melody Murray, September 9, 2011 (view all comments by Melody Murray)
I adored the authorial voice here. Cook was an approachable, fun friend who invited me along on his trips- that's how I felt, reading this. I enjoyed all his adventures immensely, and had vicarious fun with him. I want him to write a memoir now, please.
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Wendy in Port Townsend, August 20, 2011 (view all comments by Wendy in Port Townsend)
After following Langdon Cook's blog for some time, I loved reading this book. It's a wonderful introduction to the complexity of foraging in Washington state, and a perfect introduction for me, a transplant to this new environment. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor, open mind, and ability to share his insights about food, ecosystems, and people. Now when I notice dandelions growing by the road, or slurp a fresh oyster at the local restaurant, I remember his adventures, and appreciate that he produced this collection. Each chapter includes a recipe at the end, and they all look good. Although I read this book to learn about foraging, the explanations about the fragile ecosystems actually inspire me to buy local, fresh produce from farmers rather than to go out and search for food items in the forest. I recommend this book to anyone in the Pacific Northwest who would like to understand more about the land and food here.
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ISBN:
9781594850868
Author:
Cook, Langdon
Publisher:
Skipstone Press
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Review" by , "The intrepid (Langdon) Cook makes it his mission to root out and harvest all manner of edibles, from razor clams to weeds."
"Review" by , "Cook is a born storyteller who celebrates the food of the land and sea with poetic prose tinged with humor. This book is not only a field guide that depicts the pleasures of foraging, but one that shares the hunt, the recipes, and the colorful stories behind the author's foraging."
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