Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (iii, 102 pages)
Lauren Elaine Hudgins (1984- ), Wild plants, Edible -- Identification, Edible mushrooms, Usufruct, Vegetarianism -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Confessions of a Forager is a chronicle of Lauren Hudgins's adventures and mistakes while searching and eating wild food, and a questioning her vegetarian morals. Readers visit organized foraging projects through the Wild Food Adventures of expert John Kallas, the Mushroom Gathering at Breitenbush hot springs, and the Portland Fruit Tree Project, which turns a wasted bounty into an opportunity for public nourishment. Memoir sections of the thesis examine how food-related habits are passed down from parent to child, exploring the family's foraging history through perspective of the author's father. It is also a consideration of the community and personal relationships formed over noncommercial, hand-harvested food.
Hudgins, Lauren Elaine, "Confessions of a Forager" (2014). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1861.