Cook's Adventures

Langdon Cook porcini mushroom foraging
May 13, 2013 7:18 PM
The Italians call them porcini—little pigs—now the accepted term of commerce for a group of meaty, sought-after mushrooms in the bolete...
miners lettuce
March 18, 2013 11:52 PM
A millworker’s discovery of shiny trace metals in the Sierra foothills set off the California Gold Rush in 1848. Within a year, the...
oregon white truffles langdon cook
January 28, 2013 8:00 AM
I should have known this wouldn’t be a typical food festival. There were dogs everywhere: riding the Hilton Eugene elevators, pacing the...
October 17, 2012 10:20 PM
1. Mushroom knife: The Marttiini mushroom knife from Finland is a good length for mushrooms; the handle is neon yellow, making it easy to...
August 14, 2012 10:08 PM
Beginning around Labor Day, I’ll be heading into the mountains to go lobster hunting. Say what? I’m in search of a crustacean of the woods...
June 13, 2012 12:43 AM
Like climbing Mount Rainier, fishing for steelhead or performing a microbrew pub crawl across Seattle, digging for the wily geoduck is an...
April 20, 2012 12:13 AM
Few foods look more fetching on the plate than fiddleheads, those vibrant green coils that emerge in moist forests each spring. Aptly named...
February 17, 2012 11:57 PM
Imagine our early hominid ancestors exploring outside the cave after a long, cold winter and enough jerked mammoth to convert the first...
December 12, 2011 9:14 PM
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only...
October 17, 2011 4:10 PM
My first priority as a forager is to enjoy the fresh air. Second is a good meal. Third—and not a distant third, mind you—is the inherent...
August 8, 2011 11:02 PM
It’s time for a trip to the local confectionary, but be warned: This isn’t a jaunt down to the corner candy store. It’s nature’s candy...
July 19, 2011 7:02 PM
Dig It! We’ve got so many clams, you could say it’s an embarrassment of bivalves. Manila clams, in particular, are easy to dig and nearly...
June 27, 2011 9:33 PM
The following recipe is excerpted from Langdon Cook’s book Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager.   Risotto Nero con...
April 15, 2011 7:17 PM
Call the doctor. I feel a sickness coming on. It’s May and that can mean only one thing: morel mushrooms on the brain. Rudely shaped and...
Langdon Cook Fat of the Land Edible Weeds Salad
February 28, 2011 6:35 PM
Adventurous eaters need not stray far from home for a unique meal. Just step outside. It’s springtime, and the eatin’ is easy. Here in the...