I’ve lived in Seattle for more than 20 years, long enough to grow some moss and go native. It’s a place with readers, outdoorsy types, and little pretension.
This place is food-crazed, and I’m especially grateful to all those in the foodie community who have taken me under their wing. I started with a foot squarely in the outdoors camp. Over time I’ve put the other foot in the culinary camp, which makes sense since I write about foraging.
I’m outside, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and, of course, foraging. Sometimes I’ll get my nature fix at a city park—Seward or Discovery or Lincoln—and other times I’ll make tracks for farther-flung wilderness areas across the state. In the spring I hunt for morels on the sunny eastern slope of the Cascades; in the late fall, when the mountains are covered in a blanket of snow, I head for the Olympic rain forests. I love the Pasayten Wilderness, and I challenge anyone to find a more gorgeous place than the North Cascades.
Everyone should be so lucky to have a bookstore like Elliott Bay just a few minutes away. It’s one of the last of a dying breed and I hope it’s here forever.
Catch the dawn salmon bite in West Seattle, write for a few hours back home, then take a lunch break at Pho Bac in the International District. I get restless in he afternoons so I might need to scout mushroom patches at Tiger Mountain for exercise. Usually I cook dinner for the family, but eating out with friends at a place like Lark is always a treat, and maybe if it was a good day of writing, I’d reward myself with a show at the Triple Door or Tractor Tavern.
Interview by Jess Van Nostrand, 2012.
Photo taken at Seward Park.
Langdon Cook discusses and reads a segment from his new book “Upstream”.