Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast

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If there is a frontier beyond organic, local, and seasonal, beyond farmers’ markets and sustainably raised meat, it surely includes hunting, fishing, and foraging your own food. A lifelong angler and forager who became a hunter late in life, Hank Shaw has chronicled his passion for hunting and gathering in his widely read blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, which has developed an avid following among outdoor people and foodies alike. Hank is dedicated to finding a place on the table for the myriad overlooked and ...

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Overview

If there is a frontier beyond organic, local, and seasonal, beyond farmers’ markets and sustainably raised meat, it surely includes hunting, fishing, and foraging your own food. A lifelong angler and forager who became a hunter late in life, Hank Shaw has chronicled his passion for hunting and gathering in his widely read blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, which has developed an avid following among outdoor people and foodies alike. Hank is dedicated to finding a place on the table for the myriad overlooked and underutilized wild foods that are there for the taking—if you know how to get them.

 

In Hunt, Gather, Cook, he shares his experiences both in the field and the kitchen, as well as his extensive knowledge of North America’s edible flora and fauna. With the fresh, clever prose that brings so many readers to his blog, Hank provides a user-friendly, food-oriented introduction to tracking down everything from sassafras to striped bass to snowshoe hares. He then provides innovative ways to prepare wild foods that go far beyond typical campfire cuisine: homemade root beer, cured wild boar loin, boneless tempura shad, Sardinian hare stew—even pasta made with handmade acorn flour.

For anyone ready to take a more active role in determining what they feed themselves and their families, Hunt, Gather, Cook offers an entertaining and delicious introduction to harvesting the bounty of wild foods to be found in every part of the country.

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Editorial Reviews

Sam Sifton
In Hunt, Gather, Cook, [Shaw] makes a powerful argument for joining him in a few of those pursuits, if only to become aware of the great bounty that surrounds us in the natural world, even when we live in urban environments—and perhaps particularly then.
—The New York Times
From the Publisher
Hunt, Gather, Cook is a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to take more control over the

food they eat and have more fun doing so. It’s a complete reference on foraging, fishing, and

hunting, with great recipes by a writer, outdoorsman, and cook with enormous passion.” —Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking

 

“Going to be stranded on an island and can bring only one item? Bring Hank with you! And if you

can’t, then absolutely bring Hunt, Gather, Cook. That will ensure not only your survival but your

survival with style and good gastronomy!” —Ariane Daguin, founder of specialty meat purveyor D’Artagnan

 

“In Hunt, Gather, Cook, [Shaw] makes a powerful argument for joining him in a few of those pursuits, if only to become aware of the great bounty that surrounds us in the natural world, even when we live in urban environments—and perhaps particularly then.” —The New York Times

 

“Most of us walk through our world and see water and land.  Shaw sees a buffet ripe for the taking.” Tampa Tribune

 

 “More than a cookbook, though there are plenty of recipes, and more than a memoir, though the book is filled with personal stories, Hunt, Gather, Cook is an introduction to a different way of ‘doing’ food.”  —SimplyRecipes.com

 

“From recipes for homemade root beer and wild duck ragu to finding and picking nettles, the book is a paean to eating wild.” Garden & Gun

 

“A deftly narrated story that has us considering doing a little more foraging, fishing, and sure, maybe even hunting, so that we can have an excuse to buy a salami fridge, too.” —LAWeekly.com

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605293202
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 921,114
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

HANK SHAW is a journalist, former restaurant cook, and the proprietor of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, twice nominated for a James Beard Award and winner of an IACP Award for best blog. His work has been published in Food & Wine, Field & Stream, and numerous other magazines. He lives near Sacramento, CA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Part I Foraging from Coast to Coast

1 Wild Greens Are Everywhere 3

2 Fruits and Berries of the Wild 17

3 Acorns: Loving the Unloved 33

4 Beach Peas, Sea Rockets, and Memories 47

5 Miscellaneous Wild Plants 61

6 Wines from Fruit and Flower 75

Part II Fishing and Feasting from Streams to the Sea

7 Why Fish? 95

8 Clams and Their Cousins 101

9 Bluegills and Other Panfish 115

10 Catching the Ornery Crab 129

11 Herring and Shad: Timing Is Everything 145

12 Rock Cod, Porgies, and Other Bottom Dwellers 159

13 The Misfits of America's Oceans, Ponds, and Rivers 175

Part III Hunting for Food and Fulfillment

14 Why Hunt? 195

15 Rabbits, Hares, and Squirrels 205

16 Venison: Deer, Elk, Antelope, and Moose 223

17 Wild Boar and Wild Charcuterie 245

18 Upland Game Birds: Pheasant, Grouse, Quail 265

19 Waterfowl: Ducks, Geese, and the Mystical Snipe 285

Epilogue: Putting It All Together 309

Acknowledgments 311

Resources 312

Further Reading 315

Index 317

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Ive had the privilege of attending a foraging walk with Hank and

    Ive had the privilege of attending a foraging walk with Hank and took along my, then 6yr old. This man really knows his stuff and within 20 feet of our meeting area, we had already found a meals woth of edible weeds! This book is wonderful and really shows just how amazing and sustaining our world is!

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