The Book Has Landed!

Dear Readers: I’m pleased to announce that my book, Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, is now available at a bookseller near you, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and many independent bookstores across the land.

So, what can I tell you about it? The book is 15 chapters, plus an introduction, arranged according to season, with each chapter focusing on a specific group of wild foods and ending with a recipe. Regular readers of this blog might recognize a situation or two, but 99 percent of the content has not appeared here. The book examines the settings, natural history, and culinary lore in greater detail, not to mention the characters doing the foraging. And it’s funnier, I’ve been told.

Here’s what the jacket blurbs say:

“Smart, funny, and hugely knowledgeable, Langdon Cook is a walking field guide and a gifted storyteller. Fat of the Land is a welcome kick in the pants to get outside and start foraging for our suppers.” —Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table

“Langdon Cook understands that the goal of hunting and foraging is not just to eat, but to eat well. Any city-eater can grab something at a supermarket, but to feel the thrill of grappling with lingcod or plucking dubious mushrooms gives the reader maximum pleasure—and zero pain. Provided you follow Cook’s recipes to satiate your whetted appetite. As a forager with a well-trained palate, Cook knows best.” —Betty Fussell, author of My Kitchen Wars and Raising Steaks: The Life & Times of American Beef

“Langdon Cook celebrates the bounty of the land and sea through the pleasure of foraging. It’s an inspiration and a reminder that eating your local foods connects you to the land you live on.” —Maria Hines, Chef/Owner, Tilth Restaurant

“In Fat of the Land, Langdon Cook invites us to share in his enthusiastic, salubrious, wild food foraging quests. Get out of town, breathe in the fresh air, hear the quiet, exercise, feel good, connect with nature and the season—then return to the kitchen to delicious preparations of dandelion greens, squid, fiddleheads, or whatever the quarry. Lively, informative, soul-satisfying narrative.” —Jon Rowley, Contributing Editor, Gourmet

The next few months will be a whirlwind as I hit the road in promotion of the book. Check back here periodically to see what events and readings are on tap and whether I’ll be in a town near you. For Seattle and Portland area readers, here’s a quick roundup of kick-off events for early September:

Thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy the book!

21 thoughts on “The Book Has Landed!

  1. sally

    We’ve been looking forward to your book. Congratulations Lang, and enjoy the hectic and awesome authorly experiences of the next few weeks. What an achievement!

  2. LC

    Thanks for your comments everyone! To Brad, Patrick, Julia & anyone else who wonders whether the book will be relevant to their area, I give you a baseball analogy (sorry if you’re not a fan): Think of “Fat of the Land” the way you might about a book-length account of the 1975 World Series. Your city and team might not have been in it, nor your favorite players, but it’s a classic worth your time/study just the same. If you’re a reader and you like food and the outdoors, I think you’ll enjoy the book. I can safely say there is no other book like it on shelves anywhere.

  3. Poppy

    Lang, I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy. Give yourself a big pat on the back for all you’ve accomplished. Can’t imagine how you’ve been able to keep the blog going at the same time. Well done!!

  4. LC

    Ciao Chow Linda & Allison: I’ll be coming east to the “tri-state metropolitan area” over x-mas holiday to see family. Maybe I can set something up. Suggestions for where in NYC?

  5. Jason

    My wife and I have been enjoying your foraging blog as a supplement to our own effort of growing our own food ( — though mostly vicariously since a lot of your foraging is region-specific. But it’s a good read, nonetheless. Your pictures always look great. Anything in the book that might be helpful to San Diego gardeners looking to add a little foraging to their menu?

  6. TroutGirl

    I haven’t bought a cookbook in years and years. I’ve been excitedly waiting for this one for months. I’m going to see if I can get it tomorrow, or at least get my little local bookstore to order it for me.

    – Heather

  7. Big Right Toe

    Just finished the book and I absolutely loved it! I have to admit, your blog has been an enormous help and inspiration to getting me started on mushrooming, and the chapters in the book have new recipes for all sorts of goodies I already collect or want to collect. Will there be a sequel? Perhaps a chapter on kayak bottom-fishing? Or Oregon truffles? Kelp? I can’t wait to continue reading the blog and continue to learn from you.


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