Langdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (Ballantine, May 2017), a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which The Seattle Times called “lyrical, practical and quixotic.”
Cook’s work has been nominated for two James Beard Awards, a Society of Environmental Journalists award, and a Pushcart Prize. He has been profiled in Bon Appetit, WSJ magazine, Whole Living, and Salon.com, and his writing appears in numerous magazines, newspapers, and online journals, including National Geographic Traveler, Eating Well, Outside, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Seattle Magazine, where he was a regular columnist for a decade. On-screen credits include the PBS TV series “Food Forward,” the Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip,” and the webcast “The Perennial Plate.” He has also been the recipient of grants and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, PEN Northwest, and the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont (BA) and the University of Washington (MFA),
Cook lives in Seattle with his wife, poet Martha Silano, and their two children.
One of last year's most popular festival speakers, Jon Sommer returns to the Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival in 2020 to once again teach beginners the ins and outs of mushroom identification.
Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in botany from Humboldt State University and master’s degrees in botany and plant pathology from the University of California, Davis. He has studied mushroom identification with notable mycologists including Drs. David Largent, Orson Miller, Harry D. Thiers, and Daniel Stuntz.
Jon has led numerous mushroom forays and nature walks (including two for the WRMF last year!) and has taught classes on mushroom identification across the U.S. for more than 40 years. A member of the Colorado Mycological Society since 1993, Jon was elected President in 2019, and is currently serving in that capacity.
Chad Hyatt is a classically trained chef who has spent the last decade working in restaurants and private clubs around the San Francisco Bay Area. He spends his free time hunting for and learning about mushrooms, along with seeking out new techniques and traditional ethnic recipes to apply to them.
Chad frequently demos and teaches wild mushroom cookery at private and public events, does wild mushroom pop-up dinners, and recently released an innovative new wild mushroom cookbook, The Mushroom Hunter’s Kitchen.
Levon Durr, fungus enthusiast and owner of Fungaia Farm, returns for another great workshop on growing mushrooms! His 2019 workshop was a sell-out, so we've invited him back to do it again...
Participants will learn how to select the right wood for each mushroom species; inoculation techniques; and how to achieve successful mushroom fruiting. This easy method of mushroom cultivation is a great way to grow nutritious, protein-rich food for you and your family.
Whether you are interested in backyard cultivation or market production, this introductory class will get you on your way. Participants in the optional outdoor hands-on section will each take home a shiitake log!