Culinary and nature writer Langdon Cook has followed modern day foragers for his book Fat of the Land. In The Mushroom Hunters he meets up with the iconoclasts who spend their time searching for one of nature's last truly wild foods: the mushroom. The mushroom may find its way to the most elegant and refined tables, but the mushroom hunters Cook meets over the course of this book are a rough and outlaw lot, all a part of a subculture at the rural fringes.
Langdon CookLangdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which The Seattle Times called lyrical, practical and quixotic. He's been profiled in Bon Appetit, WSJ magazine, Whole Living, and Salon.com, and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and online journals, including Terrain, Grays Sporting Journal, Outside, The Stranger, and Seattle Magazine, where he's a regular columnist. On-screen credits include episodes of The Perennial Plate and the Travel Channels “Trip Flip,” and he has been the recipient of grants and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, PEN Northwest, and the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont (BA) and the University of Washington (MFA), he lives in Seattle with his wife, poet Martha Silano, and their two children.