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Langdon Cook - Upstr
Langdon Cook - Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room

Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


“Langdon Cook delivers a beautifully written portrait of the iconic salmon that blends history, biology, contentious politics, and the joy of fishing into a captivating and thought-provoking tale. Like a great meal, Upstream is thrilling, deeply satisfying, and memorable. After reading it, you will understand why salmon are worth fighting for.”

—Eric Jay Dolin, author of Brilliant Beacons

“Salmon are the essence of the Pacific Northwest, and as Langdon Cook shows so powerfully, they are the key to its future. From the wild flats of Alaska’s Copper River to the straitjacketed creeks of California, Upstream captures the myriad ways people and salmon are deeply intertwined. To read this book is to see through Cook’s sharp eyes the tragedy, mystery, and promise of this magnificent fish we quite literally can’t afford to lose.”

—Rowan Jacobsen, author of The Essential Oyster

“In this fresh tale of an ancient wonder, Langdon Cook takes us on an inspired journey of discovery through the heart and soul of salmon country, introducing us to the charismatic fish and people behind the meal.”

—David R. Montgomery, author of King of Fish and Growing a Revolution

Will wild salmon still be swimming a decade from now? This is what author and journalist Langdon 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: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (A Ballantine Books Hardcover; On Sale May 30), 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:

  • Salmon are both a past and present culinary favorite, and as fresh, wild salmon becomes increasingly rare and expensive, American diners' obsession with them is only growing.
  • Salmon are consistently a top three seafood in annual sales, along with tuna and shrimp, and have widely publicized health benefits.
  • Wild salmon restoration is the single largest American environmental effort ever made on behalf of a species, to the tune of over a billion dollars spent on this endeavour every year
  • According to the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife, there are 40 million licensed anglers in the U.S. that generate more than $46 billion in fishing-related retail sales per year.

About the Author: 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.

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