Cook's Adventures

June 17, 2013 8:37 PM
If you want to see what summer salmon season once looked like in Seattle, walk our local beaches this July and August. You’ll find anglers...
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...