Ava Chin, a New York City writer, will give a talk on “Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal” at the Memorial Union Great Hal of Iowa State University on 6 April. She will share her memoir with audience that involved self-discovery of foraging for food in the city’s parks. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

Chin wrote for The New York Times as “Urban Forager” columnist. She is now working as associate professor of creative nonfiction and journalism at The City University of New York. Her writings have also been published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Saveur, the Village Voice and Marie Claire. She received her PhD degree from the University of Southern California.

Chin wrote in her book, “Eating Wildly” how foraging and the DIY-food movement helped settle her past and learn lessons of self-reliance. Many edible and medicinal plants that she discovered in urban parks and backyards are listed in the book. Recipes and culinary information are also included in the book.

“Eating Wildly” was named for some awards. It was selected one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014 in memoir category. It received Goodreads Choice Award 2014 semifinalist in the category of foods and cookbooks. “The Splendid Table” named it one Staff Book Picks of 2014. The Chin was named one of “Nine Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading” by Huffington Post.

More information about the presentation is available at www.lectures.iastate.edu.


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