Girl Hunter in Review - Inside The Cookbook
Georgia Pellegrini gives me hope for the females of the world. The fact that she took the time, and interest, to delve into how food goes from the wild to the dinner table is amazing and to be commended. I love the relationships she formed with various hunters. These men took her in, taught her what they knew and she claimed it to be hers. The way she described the land she visited and the people she met was detailed and mesmerizing. The dialects she used in her storytelling made me laugh. I knew many of them had to be from the south. This girl was not afraid to try new things or to get a little dirty. She learned to respect the hunt, engage in the hunt and BE the hunt. Afterwards she was able to step right back into the domestic role of cook. The recipes included in this book are exceptional. I encourage readers to not only try the cuisine, but connect with the journey.
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 cuisine, Girl Hunter captures the joy of rolling up your sleeves and getting to the heart of where the food you eat comes from.
Columnist Pamela Robinson: Pamela is an author and reviewer. You can find her online at: www.thefantasticfoodie.wordpress.com