SEASIDE — The Friends of the Seaside Library welcomes Langdon Cook, author of “Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 20th Century Forager,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. The event will take place in the Community Room. There will be book sales and signings.
We will explore the Pacific Northwest via Cook’s adventures in foraging and discover a regional stew of food, natural history and oddball characters. Foraging is not just a throwback to our hunter-gatherer past; it’s a way to reconnect with the landscape.
And Cook is not your typical grocery cart-toting dad. For him, gourmet delicacies abound, free for the taking if we just open our eyes.
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. He traces his journey from wrangler of prepackaged calories to connoisseur of coveted wild edibles.
In addition, Cook will focus on specific food types, organized around seasons of the year, and conclude with recipes featuring the author’s hard-won bounty.
Cook was a senior book editor at Amazon until, in 2004, he left the corporate world to live in a cabin off the grid with his wife and son. Now a freelance writer and editor, Lang has written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Outside, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, the Stranger, Seattle Metropolitan and Conservation Magazine.
The Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway St. For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit seasidelibrary.org.