On May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, Fat of the Land, and Upstream.
Discover a regional stew of cuisine, natural history, and oddball characters via the adventures of Langdon Cook.
This is not just your typical, grocery cart-toting dad. In Langdon's Pacific Northwest, gourmet delicacies abound, free for the taking, if we just open our eyes.
As a result, he finds himself free-diving in Puget Sound for snaggletooth lingcod.
He tempts fate by eating mushrooms that may or may not be poisonous.
He strings up a fly rod to chase sea-run trout.
He even pulls on the gardening gloves to collect stinging nettles.
Join Langdon as he traces his journey from wrangler of pre-packaged calories to connoisseur of coveted wild edibles.
Cook feels that foraging is not just a throwback to our hunter-gatherer past but is also a way to reconnect with the culinary landscape of the North Coast.
Seasonal food will be the focus of the evening and will conclude with recipes featuring the author's hard-won bounty.
Langdon Cook was a senior book editor at Amazon until 2004 when he left the corporate world to live with his wife and son in a cabin off the grid.
Now a freelance writer and editor, he has written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Outside, Gray's Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, the Stranger, Seattle Metropolitan, and Conservation Magazine.
Cook has also been the recipient of grants and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, PEN Northwest, and the Bread Loaf Writing Conference.
He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont (BA) and the University of Washington (MFA).
The event will take place in the Community Room.