The Flavor of Wood: In Search of the Wild Taste of Trees from Smoke and Sap to Root and Bark (Hardcover)

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About the Author


Artur Cisar-Erlach is a woodland ecologist, food communications expert, and cabinetmaker whose work spans the fields of food and ecotourism. He received his graduate degree in Food Culture and Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, and was an editor of the Slow Food International Travel handbook. He divides his time between Vienna, Austria, and Nova Scotia, Canada. The Flavor of Wood is his first book.

Praise For…


“Spellbinding . . . [full of ] brilliantly told stories which, one after another, reveal glimpses into an ingredient so primal and so ubiquitous that it’s full majesty has eluded us all?until now. Through Cisar-Erlach’s eyes we see the stoic tree as if for the first time. We discover luscious cambium and tannic heartwood, Sumerian truffle hunters and Modenese vinegar makers, German pickles and Vietnamese perfumes. Whether you love food, crave adventure, or just enjoy a wild ride, this book is the ticket. I am floored by this book.”

— Mark Bitterman

“Part travelogue and part culinary adventure, The Flavor of Wood is a quirky, entertaining ramble through the many ways wood lends its flavor to food. I learned a lot.”

— Bob Holmes
Product Details
ISBN: 9781468316728
ISBN-10: 1468316729
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English