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Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time

Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time

by Georgia Pellegrini

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738215396
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Georgia Pellegrini is the author of the critically acclaimed and IACP-nominated book Food Heroes. She has worked in renowned restau-rants in New York and in France, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, and Michelin-starred farm-to-table restaurant La Chassagnette.

She chronicles her adventures in meeting food artisans and gathering her ingredients on her wildly popular blog, which gets millions of hits per month.

Her work has been featured on Iron Chef Amer­ica, in Food and Wine Magazine, Town & Country, Shooting Sports­man, ESPN, Daily Candy, Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Radio, Gilt City, Fox, and various other mag­azines, TV, and radio programs. She currently roams the world hunting and gathering, tasting good food, and meeting the good people who make it.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

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

Epilogue 205

Acknowledgments 209

Gravy 211

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

What People are Saying About This

Ree Drummond

Georgia Pellegrini is a force: strong, articulate, beautiful...and she can hunt pheasant like no one's business. Having gotten to know Georgia in real life, I was already excited to read The Girl Hunter...but what I didn't expect was that it would grab me by the arm and draw me in for days and days. I found myself nestling into my sofa to read each chapter, craving things like poached dove and elk jerky and curried pigeon as I turned the pages. Georgia's irresistibly descriptive chronicling of her year of hunting, along with the unbelievably delicious, almost otherworldly, recipes she shares, sealed this book's permanent spot on my shelf. It's a timeless culinary classic. (Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman)

Gail Simmons

In Girl Hunter, Georgia Pellegrini goes where few women have dared—through swamps and forests, fields and streams, all in the name of a soul-satisfying meal. Her book captures perfectly not just the thrill of hunting and foraging for your own dinner, but also the very personal and profound impact of these unique experiences. She compliments her stories with mouth-watering recipes and food descriptions that will inspire you to befriend your local butcher and look at game in a whole new way. Reading each of Georgia's wild adventures made me want to pull on my Wellies and join her, rifle and skillet in hand. (Gail Simmons, Host, "Top Chef: Just Desserts")

From the Publisher

"Pellegrini has crafted a memoir rich both in her hunting experiences and ruminations on what it means to kill what you eat." —-Booklist Starred Review

Aarti Sequeira

I never thought of hunting as the next inevitable step in the farm to table movement. Nor did I think of hunting as poetry in motion. Thanks to Georgia's eloquent little book, chock a block with equal parts respect and chutzpah, I have a whole new appreciation for hunting. Heck, I might even try it myself! (Aarti Sequeira, Host, Food Network's "Aarti Party")

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