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Langdon Cook

Langdon Cook writes about the intersection of food, nature, and outdoor adventure. His books include "The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America" (Ballantine, 2013) and "Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager" (Mountaineers, 2009), which The Seattle Times called "lyrical, practical and quixotic." Cook has been profiled in Bon Appetit, Salon.com, WSJ magazine, and Whole Living, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Terrain, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Outside, and The Stranger. He is a regular columnist for Seattle Magazine and the recipient of awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, PEN Northwest, and the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. Visit him online.

The Mushroom Hunters 

The mushroom hunters, by contrast, are a rough lot. They live in the wilderness and move with the seasons. Motivated by Gold Rush desires, they haul improbable quantities of fungi from the woods for cash. Langdon Cook embeds himself in this shadowy subculture, reporting from both rural fringes and big-city eateries with the flair of a novelist, uncovering along the way what might be the last gasp of frontier-style capitalism.Meet Doug, an ex-logger and crabber—now an itinerant mushroom picker trying to pay his bills and stay out of trouble; and Jeremy, a former cook turned wild food entrepreneur, crisscrossing the continent to build a business amid cutthroat competition; their friend Matt, an up-and-coming chef whose kitchen alchemy is turning heads; and the woman who inspires them all.Rich with the science and lore of edible fungi—from seductive chanterelles to exotic porcini—The Mushroom Hunters is equal parts gonzo travelogue and culinary history lesson, a rollicking, character-driven tour through a world that is by turns secretive, dangerous, and tragically American.

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