From National Book Award–nominee Iliana Regan, a new memoir of her life and heritage as a forager, spanning her ancestry in Eastern Europe, her childhood in rural Indiana, and her new life set in the remote forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Fieldwork explores how Regan’s complex gender identity informs her acclaimed work as a chef and her profound experience of the natural world.

“An intimate, passionate, and fresh perspective on the natural world and our place within it.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Poignant. . . Readers will be moved.”

Publishers Weekly, 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

“[Regan] mines her own history and puts it into dialogue with her influence—the books and shows she likes, the region she’s spent her life in—so effectively that the contrast between the two blurs.”

Eater, feature


“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