Monday, January 30, 2012

Turkey, Rabbit and Wild Boar OH MY!!

I have never read a book like this before Georgia Pellegrini took my on a wild adventure with a 270-caliber rifle and a 20-guage shotgun. Who would have thought that I would be turning pages on a girl and her adventure on the hunts!  Each chapter introduced a new hunt, from Texas to England, and new recipes, from Javelina Chili to Jugged Hare.

Ms. Pellegrini described each hunt in full detail of landscape, chase, hunt and menu. And not to mention the cocktails, I want to try “Slogasms, sloe gin mixed with champagne” Sometime I got the feeling that it was more of a whisky hunt with a shot of game. I admire her courage and skills during her time in Wyoming. You have to read about that hunter! Let’s just say I was like OMG could be serial killer.

Although, I can’t really see myself venturing onto any ranch soon I do commend Ms. Pellegrini for an awesome detailed account on the hunt to table. I recommend this book to a true chef that identifies with their meals. A chef that triumphs in the creation of their meals from farm to kitchen to table.

Pick it up – read it if you try a recipe LET ME KNOW. I love how she ended the book :: “Whatever the journey, wherever you find it, may it be a wild one.”

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Book Description (From Amazon)
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 Hunteralso 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 cuisineGirl Hunter captures the joy of rolling up your sleeves and getting to the heart of where the food you eat comes from.

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