Synopses & Reviews
- 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.
"Beautifully written." Seattle Weekly
"The intrepid (Langdon) Cook makes it his mission to root out and harvest all manner of edibles, from razor clams to weeds." Bon Appetit
"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