Dylan Tomine

DT headshot by Tim Davis


by Dylan Tomine
October 2015
Trade Paper
ISBN 978-1-938340-50-5
264 pages
$17.95 US | $22.95 CAN




Dylan Tomine (Seattle, WA)

Author of Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, In the Woods and at the Table

Outdoor writer and conservation advocate



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  • Dylan is a conservation advocate for wild fish and water and serves as a trustee with the Wild Steelhead Coalition.
  • He has written for The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, GolfWeek, The New York Times and numerous other publications
  • A former fly-fishing guide, Dylan is an Fly-Fishing Ambassador for Patagonia as well as Patagonia Provisions, their responsibly-sourced food line.
  • Closer to the Ground (hardcover, first edition) was named one of O, The Oprah Magazine‘s “Ten Titles To Pick Up Now” and received an Honorable Mention (Outdoor Literature category) in the 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards
  • The book addresses the growing interest in local food, childhood “nature deficit disorder,” conservation of natural resources, and the general desire to live in closer contact with the earth. It explores a more personal side of subjects covered in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Last Child In The Woods.
  • The paperback release (October 2015) features full-color photos and family-friendly recipes from Dylan’s kitchen.
  • He is a father of two and resident of Bainbridge Island, WA, located in the Puget Sound near Seattle.


When Dylan Tomine saw two teenagers texting on a couch—to each other—he decided to establish a different life for his children: more unplugged, more in tune with the rhythms of tide, weather and season. Less screen time, more fishing, oyster-shucking and gardening time. The Tomines left their Seattle high-rise for a house in the woods on an island in Puget Sound where they learned to live a life more wild—searching for firewood, oysters and mushrooms.

In his highly-acclaimed memoir Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, In the Woods and at the Table, Tomine writes about a father learning to share his love of nature with his kids, then ages three and six. The book takes readers on foraging, cooking and eating adventures across four seasons of a single year.

Now in paperback with 30 percent new content, the second edition of Closer to the Ground features beautiful full-color photos and tried-and-true family recipes that focus on natural flavors and simple preparations, like Easy Chanterelle Pizza, Mom’s Blackberry Pie, Vine-Maple Smoked Salmon, Crispy Panko Razor Clams, Summer Strawberry Ice Cream and Cucumber Sunomono Salad.

Closer to the Ground encourages us to think about our relationship with nature, but in an accessible way. “It’s about regular people trying to live a little closer to nature—especially through the process of food—with their kids,” says Tomine.

Together, the Tomine family hunts chanterelles, fishes for salmon, digs clams and gathers at the kitchen table (mouths watering) to enjoy the fruits of their labor. A surprising result of their fishing and foraging life: the kids see healthy food, like salmon and homegrown vegetables, as delicious treats.

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