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Author: Georgia Pellegrini
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What happens when a classically-trained New York chef and fearless omnivore heads out of the city and into the wild to track down the ingredients for her meals? After abandoning Wall Street to embrace her lifelong love of cooking, Georgia Pellegrini comes face to face with her first kill. From honoring that first turkey to realizing that the only way we truly know where our meat comes from is if we hunt it ourselves, Pellegrini embarks on a wild ride into the real world of local, organic, and sustainable food.
Teaming up with veteran hunters, she travels over field and stream in search of the main course—from quail to venison and wild boar, from elk to javelina and squirrel. Pellegrini’s road trip careens from the back of an ATV chasing wild hogs along the banks of the Mississippi to a dove hunt with beer and barbeque, to the birthplace of the Delta Blues. Along the way, she meets an array of unexpected characters—from the Commish, a venerated lifelong hunter, to the lawyer-by day, duck-hunting-Bayou-philosopher at dawn—who offer surprising lessons about food and life. Pellegrini also discovers the dangerous underbelly of hunting when an outing turns illegal—and dangerous.
More than a food-laden hunting narrative, Girl Hunter also teaches you how to be a self-sufficient eater. Each chapter offers recipes for finger-licking dishes like:
- wild turkey and oyster stew
- stuffed quail
- pheasant tagine
- venison sausage
- fundamental stocks, brines, sauces, and rubs
- suggestions for interchanging proteins within each recipe
Each dish, like each story, is an adventure from beginning to end.
An inspiring, illuminating, and often funny journey into unexplored territories of haute cuisine, Girl Hunter captures the joy of rolling up your sleeves and getting to the heart of where the food you eat comes from.
I really enjoyed the book Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini. My dad hunted when I was a kid. Many of our friends hunted and still do. My husband and all three of my kids hunt.
Hunting is not new to me, and I am so glad that this book is helping to change the stereotype that hunting often has.
This book is not a how to hunt book though. Girl Hunter is more than just stories about hunting. It instead helps you realize the connection that hunting and preparing food has with everyday life.
I really enjoyed the way the author was not afraid of the whole process of hunting. She really connected to the food and the whole process. She not only hunted it, she did the whole process of taking it from the woods to the table. And she shares a few recipes along the way.
I do wish that this book would have emphasized more the fact that many people need to hunt. There are people who hunt simply to put food on the table and to help feed their family. It is not a sport to people that hunt because they have to. This was covered some in the book, but I think it could have been dealt with a little deeper.
Not everyone hunts like this author hunts, but overall I loved the book. And if you enjoy hunting, grew up with hunters, or have always wanted to hunt, this is a book you will probably enjoy.