Online talk with ‘Feasting Wild’ author Gina Rae La Cerva set Oct. 22

Bill Clifton of Counting House Restaurant to guide discussion
October 14, 2020

Gina Rae La Cerva will join a live online discussion at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, of her new book, “Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food,” presented by the History Book Festival.

A combination of memoir and travelogue, “Feasting Wild” traces the relationship between “wild food” and environmental conservation. Foraged foods – two centuries ago the mainstay of the North American diet – are now becoming a luxury, served to the wealthy in exclusive restaurants.

The author discusses philosophies toward “wild nature” over time and explores the impacts of colonialism, capitalism, climate change and slavery on wild foods. Readers meet the wild food gatherers of today and go behind the scenes of the trendy wild food industry.

La Cerva is a geographer, environmental anthropologist and writer who has traveled extensively to research a variety of environmental and food-related topics. She lives in Santa Fe, N.M.

Bill Clifton, executive chef and co-owner of The Counting House Restaurant & Pub in Georgetown, will interview La Cerva. In 2019, Clifton appeared on the Food Network competition “Beat Bobby Flay.”

This Zoom event is free, but registration is required; go to and click on 2020 Events.

The 2020 Virtual History Book Festival is presented in cooperation with the Lewes Public Library, and sponsored by Delaware Humanities and the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group.

Copies of “Feasting Wild” with signed archival bookplates are available from the festival’s official bookseller, Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach. Biblion in Lewes also has copies. To borrow and arrange pickup from the Lewes Public Library, call 302-645-2733 or email

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