Upstream, with Langdon Cook
Help us welcome back the Seattle author Langdon Cook, when he comes to talk about his new book, Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, From River to Table. He'll be at the store on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7pm.
Will wild salmon still be swimming a decade from now? This is what author and journalist Cook sets out to discover, as he travels every stage of the salmon pipeline, from Alaskan spawning grounds and Columbia River hatcheries to chefs' frying pans and 4-star restaurant menus. Upstream interweaves nature, commerce, cuisine, adventure, and the environmental impact on how we consume this once seemingly limitless food source.
As he did with his previous award-winning book, The Mushroom Hunters, which the Wall Street Journal called a “rollicking narrative delivering vivid and cinematic scenes on every page,” Cook takes readers on a rugged wilderness journey to meet the diverse, colorful group of people associated with this unique species and those who populate American salmon culture.
Drawing on research from renowned chefs and tribal fisherman to environmentalists and government bureaucrats, Upstream illuminates the important role that salmon plays in society and offers an engrossing account of how salmon—one of the last wild foods on our table—nourished humanity through the ages, and why we need them in the future.
Langdon Cook is the author of The Mushroom Hunters, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager. Cook’s writing appears in numerous publication and has been nominated for a James Beard Award (2016) and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.