Fieldwork: A Forager's Memoir

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About the Author

Iliana Regan is the Michelin-star chef and prior owner of Elizabeth restaurant, which she turned over to her employees in 2020 in order to run the Milkweed Inn bed and breakfast in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and experience a quieter life. In 2019 her debut memoir, Burn the Place, was longlisted for the National Book Award, the first time a food writer was listed since Julia Child won in the year Regan was born, 40 years ago. In addition to working as the chef and owner of Milkweed Inn, she recently earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Praise for Iliana Regan's FIELDWORK:

"An intimate, passionate, and fresh perspective on the natural world and our place within it." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "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." --Library Journal, starred review "Poignant. . . Readers will be moved." --Publishers Weekly "In this heartfelt ode to the natural world, Regan lets the reader into her reality, exposing the messiness, beauty, and inescapable connection to the good, the bad, and the ugly that exists in food." --Booklist "Occasionally, a book appears like a shimmering treasure stumbled upon during a forest walk. This is certainly the case with Iliana Regan's memoir Fieldwork. . . Regan's exquisite, carefully planned prose paradoxically feels like a casual chat. . . With both Burn the Place and Fieldwork, Regan has earned her place as not only a world-class chef, but also a gifted memoirist." --BookPage, starred review "Regan excels where her love for the outdoors and her skill as a chef meet. She writes about nature--especially edible nature--with care and fervor. Her prose comes alive." --The Washington Post "[A] delicious memoir. . . . Touching and funny, Fieldwork explores gender identity, farm life, and Regan's fascinating family heritage. Regan's vibrant prose captures the unique joy of preparing food that you've picked yourself and contains wonderful descriptions of the mouthwatering dishes she creates from nettles, wildflowers, pine cones, and other natural delights. This candid feast of a book delighted both our hearts and our stomachs." --Apple Books "A poetic, mystical book." --Newcity "Equal parts naturalist, chef, and memoirist, Regan offers readers a candid account of how she found herself in the deepest parts of the northern forest, revelations of self appearing like morels after rain." --LitHub "Deftly weaving memories from Regan's childhood growing up in rural Indiana with observations of her present as she starts a new life, this memoir is thoughtful and engrossing for anyone wanting to explore their connection to the natural world." --Buzzfeed "If you enjoyed Iliana Regan's Burn the Place, you will love her compelling new memoir in which she explores how ancestry and nature interact to shape her life, from foraging and her culinary career to her gender identity and relationships." --Ms. Magazine "Fieldwork is a stunningly beautiful reflection on finding peace with our family history and the land we inhabit." --The Chicago Review of Books "After she and her wife, Anna, relocated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Regan realized she was returning to the foraging culture of her Eastern European childhood and rural Indiana school years--but also the roots of her family history and gender identity. All of which makes this second memoir as rich as a mushroom ragout." --The Los Angeles Times "Fieldwork has much lyrical writing about mushrooms, forests, the wind, honoring the land and animals. But Regan... is at her best when she writes, with unflinching, trenchant honesty, about we, humans, with our stew of strengths, resilience, sadness, joys, addictions, and flaws." --The Washington Blade "Suffused with a sense of yearning... Fieldwork moves between the past and the present, with Regan's tender, almost magical way with wild food at it's heart. . . . Read this book for Chapter 17 alone, a gorgeous set piece in which she gathers firewood late on a summer night." --The Minneapolis Star Tribune "How does Ilana Regan seamlessly connect the aroma of Cedar trees to a devouring a delicious frozen custard? As a chef and lifelong forager, her relationship with Mother Nature began in childhood and extends all the way to her creation: The Milkweed Inn. In Fieldwork, Regan explores foods in their purest form and translates them to tasty dishes. She makes me want to go outside and start eating my own lawn and I could honestly listen to her talk about trees for years...Her writing is visceral and so inviting. Her life experience unconventional yet so relatable. Pick up this book and start reading. You won't stop until the last page." --Alex Guarnaschelli, chef "I found myself dreaming the entire read that I was walking behind Iliana through the woods she calls home and through her vivid, beautifully told recollections of the past. The perfect companion piece to Burn the Place." --Scott Mosier, writer, director, and producer "In fierce, tender prose, Fieldwork continues and deepens Iliana Regan's investigations of DNA, family, her body, and all things worth foraging in the natural world, revealing herself as one of that world's most lucid defenders." --James McManus, writer, teacher, and poker historian "Fieldwork is: you and the irreplaceable Iliana Regan, using bolt cutters to break into the dark barn of memory." --Jesse Ball, prize-winning author of A Cure for Suicide "Fieldwork is the second book by Iliana Regan and what a superb follow up it is to her highly acclaimed Burn The Place. This is not just a book about IIiana's love of the forest and the things that reside in this magical place but it's also an intimate reflection on what makes her who she is and with that we can fully relate." --April Bloomfield, chef