Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food
Author: Gina Rae La Cerva (Churchill 2010)
Publisher: Greystone Books
In Feasting Wild, an awardwinning writer and environmental anthropologist searches for the last wild foods. The book is part environmental history—tracing the relationship between "wild food" and environmental conservation—and part narrative non-fiction as La Cerva forages for wild onions in a Danish cemetery, tracks the trade in illegal bush meat from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Europe, sips elusive bird’s nest soup in Borneo, and smuggles Swedish "heartbreak" moose meat home in her suitcase. Although hunted and gathered foods have been subsistence fodder for most of human history, wild foods are increasingly becoming an expensive luxury. Meanwhile, those who still depend on wild foods for sustenance are finding their lifestyles rapidly changing as new roads and markets threaten the remaining untamed landscapes. Feasting Wild examines what we lose when wild foods disappear from our diets: biodiversity, Indigenous and women's knowledge, a vital connection to nature, and delicious flavours!