“Being just south of where I grew up, I felt right at home in this environment, as if I were in a room of my uncles.” - Donald Link
Wild Abundance: Ritual, Revelry and Recipes of the South's Finest Hunting Clubsby Susan Schadt
Wild Abundance is a coffee table book with 250 stunning photographs celebrating the stories, spirit and traditions of Southern hunting clubs. It features over 70 recipes, appealing to camp cooks and home cooks alike. Through the voices of nine renowned chefs, Wild Abundance honors and documents the contribution of often-untrained cooks who create/i>/i>
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Wild Abundance is a coffee table book with 250 stunning photographs celebrating the stories, spirit and traditions of Southern hunting clubs. It features over 70 recipes, appealing to camp cooks and home cooks alike. Through the voices of nine renowned chefs, Wild Abundance honors and documents the contribution of often-untrained cooks who create traditions and are important parts of the vitality of each club.
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I meet up with the beautiful and sweet ladies who I will cook with tonight – in particular Ms. Sylvia, who is quite the chef and leader of this kitchen brigade. Having met Sylvia before, I know she’s a pistol and that this is her kitchen. Without a doubt, she is able to cook as well, if not better, than most restaurant chefs throughout south Louisiana. As with most folks from Cajun country, she was born not with a silver spoon but one made of wood, perfect for stirring a cast iron pot. Though I had met her before, today would be my first time cooking with her, and boy, am I excited. I come bearing gifts of crabs, oysters, shrimp and wine. That’s the way in with a good cook – food and wine! From that point on, we have a ball. We swap stories of gumbo, étouffée, grillades and jambalaya. I pour her a glass of wine and ask her to sit, as I am going to do the work for her tonight. Of course, she won’t hear of it. So we get in there and cook, drink and dance. It is on. First things first, I show her how to debone the teal while keeping the skin intact, stuff the birds and prepare them for roasting. While that’s taking place, I’ve also got a sauce made out of quince preserves that will reduce down with onions, cane vinegar and veal stock. I burn the sauce twice, much to the enjoyment of my dear chef Sylvia, who laughs and thinks it humorous that even with a television cooking show, I still burn the sauce. With the stuffed teal in various stages of preparation, the ladies and I work on a few hors d’oeuvres for the hunters to enjoy before the meal. As they wait for dinner to be served, they browse the meticulously kept hunt log, where much speculation is made of where we should hunt and what we might expect to bag.
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“It’s by far not the fanciest group of buildings I’ve ever seen, but the setting and the romance of hunting at Bayou Club is priceless.” - John Besh
“Fighting Bayou is the best place in the world for unbelievable duck hunting, fabulous Southern cooking and listening to great stories from true characters. I always cherish my time at this special place.”- Eli Manning
In wonderful photography and delicious recipes, Wild Abundance offers a rare glimpse into one of the nation’s hidden worlds, the South’s venerable hunting clubs where time has stood still, where the primordial face-off between humans and nature continues and where the cooking remains some of the finest to be found.
Meet the Author
Editor Susan Schadt is President & CEO of ArtsMemphis. Wild Abundance: Ritual, Revelry & Recipes of the South’s Finest Hunting Clubs is her second publication. As Executive Editor of First Shooting Light: A photographic journal reveals the legacy and lure of hunting clubs in the Mississippi Flyway in 2008, she became committed to chronicling the legacy of Southern culture and intense devotion to land and wildlife.
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