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Teaming up with veteran hunters, she trav-els 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:
An inspiring, illuminating, and often funny jour-ney 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.
The Beginning 7
1 The Beginning and the End 13
2 The Village 27
3 Hunting the Big Quiet 39
4 Grouse and Other Creatures 53
5 Calamity Jane 69
6 The Upland High Life 89
7 A Moveable Hunt 105
8 Waiting for Pâté in the Floatant 123
9 All of the Jewels That Go Unnoticed in the World 141
10 NASCAR Hog Hunting 169
11 Seeing the Forest for the Squirrel 189
Stocks, Marinades, Brines, Rubs & Sauces 211
Game Bird Characteristics 237
Game Animal Characteristics 239
Aging Game 239
Useful Equipment 245
Metric Conversion Chart 246
Recipe Index 247
Posted December 13, 2011
Pellegrini is not a product of the eponymous food networks, but rather is, like Michael Pollan, a philosopher of food, a classically trained chef, and a lyrical storyteller -- who has actually decided to put her shotgun where her mouth is and go after her ingredients.
Its a sublimely entertaining read, and a great gift for anyone who wants to learn how to travel over field and stream to table.
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Posted December 22, 2011
Georgia Pellegrini's second fine book makes allies of two large cohorts of people, foodies and hunters. That space, only lightly populated in the modern era, is significantly revitalized by Pellegrini. At the core of this book is her rediscovery of what most of our ancestors accepted de facto. Pellegrini sets out and beautifully recounts with humor, humility and in delightful detail, her days among experienced hunters, respect for firearms, the protocol of the hunt, and reverential harvest. Pellegrini learns from some of the best. She tells of geographic glories, flora, history, and the varieties of wildlife. Then there are the recipes. Many, many wonderful recipes, clearly set out for both the novice and the veteran. Always engaging, Pellegrini changes things up; just when you expect her to take a written excursion here, she goes there. It keeps one reading! In the end, you want one more anecdotal morsel. However, like the animals we eat -- as well as our own earthly lives -- there is an ineffable arc. Georgia Pellegrini is in the ascendant, thus I expect and look forward to what she may yet sink her teeth in -- and tell us all about it.
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Posted December 6, 2014
1. you don't you just don't
2. It's allmost impossible woth the technology we got.
3. If you are going to tey you have got to lie. Read the past tips for lieing.d
Posted September 9, 2013
Girl Hunter was interesting and inspiring. Pellegrini has a way with words that makes you feel as though you are sitting in the deer stand with her. This book makes you crave wild game and the nostalgic living off the land lifestyle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2012
Half story telling, half recipe book, all entertaining. Always love a good story about self realization and this one is no exception. Pellegrini's attention to detail takes the reader out in the early morning hunt with her. The book is inspiring and causes the reader to re-examine his or her relationship with the food they eat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2012