Fieldwork: A Forager’s Memoir

Agate Midway. Jan. 2023. 344p. ISBN 9781572843189. $27. COOKING
Michelin-star chef Regan (Burn the Place: A Memoir) connects stories from her childhood at a farmhouse in Indiana to the Milkweed Inn that she and her wife, Anna, run in Michigan. Regan fearlessly bares her stories and does not shy from difficult and heavy topics, such as sexual assault, miscarriage, and addiction. Each chapter is analogous to a certain memory of the farm—and of her family. For example, there’s the story of foraging for Borowiki mushrooms with her father, reminiscent of her Polish ancestors. Regan honestly explores her fears of the present and future, while acknowledging traumas of her past, allowing the audience to feel deeply connected. While recounting memories of her youth, the author also enlightens readers to the wonders and flavors of Mother Nature. Her descriptive and raw writing will transport those willing to go on the journey into the bounty of the forest.
VERDICT Regan’s latest work may very well surpass the critical success and praise of her debut in 2019. Her honesty is captivating, and her writing creates a tangible experience that is remarkable and unforgettable. This is a story many readers will not want to miss.
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