Forage. Gather. Feast.: 100+ Recipes from West Coast Forests, Shores, and Urban Spaces (Paperback)

Forage. Gather. Feast.: 100+ Recipes from West Coast Forests, Shores, and Urban Spaces By Maria Finn, Marla Aufmuth (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Maria Finn, Marla Aufmuth (Photographs by)
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Celebrate the pleasure of the wilderness (or even your backyard) with this approachable forage-to-kitchen cookbook featuring 110 recipes using foragable foods—from seaweed love to mushroom lust and everything in between.

Identify foragable foods in your own backyard to create simple, rustic recipes from the bounty of the coast, forest, and urban spaces up and down the West Coast.

Featuring more than 100 recipes and chock-full of lush photography, this cookbook shows you what to do with the delicious foodstuffs you can dig, snip, or catch anywhere from Alaska to Northern California, then put it all together in homecooked meals best shared with friends and gorgeous sunset views or cooked in the wild over a campfire.

Recipes include: 
  • Morels, Asparagus, Fava Beans, and Fiddlehead Ferns with Burrata
  • Black Truffle Pot de Crème with Preserved Sakura Cherry Blossoms
  • Fire-Roasted Butter Clams with Seaweed Gremolata
  • Spruce Tip and Juniper Berry Sockeye Salmon Gravlax
  • Chilled Huckleberries with Campfire Caramel and Seaweed Salt

Reimagine your cooking and unlock new flavors from the abundance that surrounds us.

About the Author

MARIA FINN is an author, chef, and maker who lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, with her truffle dog, two tabby cats, and a native oyster garden. She creates food, art, and storytelling experiences inspired by ecosystems like kelp forests and redwood watersheds; her work explores themes like love, awe, desire, and grief in regard to our relationship with the natural world. She founded Flora & Fungi Adventures, where she hosts wild food-centric adventures in California all the way north to Alaska. Visit her at

MARLA AUFMUTH has been telling stories through her lens for twenty years. A California native, she brings a quirky, honest aesthetic to capture a rich, bold documentary view. Marla is also an avid gardener with a passion for capturing nature’s ebb and flow through her photography. You can often find Marla wildcrafting dandelion wine, harvesting Pacific seaweed, or preserving plum chutney. Visit her at

Praise For…

“Finn, a chef, author, and speaker, is a foraging savant and through her company, Flora & Fungi Adventures, she molds the wild food–curious in her image. Her cookbook, Forage. Gather. Feast: Recipes from West Coast Forests, Shores, & Urban Spaces, due out in April, will contain more than 100 ways to prepare the bounty.”
7x7 magazine

"Finn’s debut cookbook celebrates the culinary gifts that grow and thrive along the coast, throughout the forest and in your own backyard. . . . Filled with ideas for using everything from wild greens and berries to mushrooms and seaweed, this fascinating book will open your eyes to the edible bounty that awaits just beyond your doorstep."
—Edible Marin & Wine Country

“This gorgeous book is a celebration of wild food, foraging, and cultivating connection to the natural world. The recipes inside highlight ingredients from coast to forest and inspire you to get creative, get outside, and participate in the surrounding ecosystem; to live a healthier, more pleasurable, and more delicious life.” 
—Emma Teal Privat and Claire Neaton, co-owners of Salmon Sisters and authors of The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska and Harvest & Heritage
“A deliciously thoughtful book with plenty of recipes for beginning or experienced foragers. I’ll have the mushroom pâté, cheesy pasta with truffles, and a candy cap old-fashioned, please.” 
—Alan Bergo, James Beard Award–winning chef and author, and winner of Hulu’s Chefs vs. Wild
“Flaming Pine Needle Mussels! Stinging Nettle Gnocchi! Cherry Blossom Truffles! With her backwoods bona fides and visionary palate, Maria Finn has taken foraging to the next level. 
—Rowan Jacobsen, author of Truffle Hound and A Geography of Oysters
“Steeped in the magic of the West Coast, Forage. Gather. Feast. is a beautiful book. Maria’s deeply intuitive approach to cooking celebrates an abundance of wild foods from seaside to forests. Her book will be favorite in my kitchen for a long time.”
—Jenny McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen and Vibrant Botanicals
“With both simple and aspirational recipes, and delightful prose throughout, Maria Finn draws you into a deeper connection to nature through its wonderful, wild foods. Food is the lure, but the end goal is a realignment of human systems in sync with the pace and beauty of Mother Nature.”
—Becky Selengut, author of Good Fish and Shroom
“Forage. Gather. Feast. encourages you to get more awe into your daily diet by spending time in nature—delicious food is the lure. Maria’s recipes will inspire you to head for the woods, waterways, and urban green spaces to forage, gather, and feast your way into a better life.”
—Tiffany Shlain, artist, author, activist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards

Product Details
ISBN: 9781632174864
ISBN-10: 1632174863
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English