Fat of the Land

Fat of the Land

Adventures of a 21st Century Forager


By author: Langdon Cook
224 Pages, 978-1-59485-086-8
Mountaineers Books 02/16/2011
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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.

See what it takes to be an effective morel hunter as author Langdon Cook takes the team from The Perennial Plate morel hunting in the Washington Cascades.

The Perennial Plate Episode 69: Mountain Morels from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.


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