Synopses & Reviews
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 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:
- 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 begin-ning to end.
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.
"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
The Omnivore's Dilemma
meets The Pioneer Woman Cooks
: a provocative book that pushes the boundaries of the foodie revolution and considers why, how, and what we eat.
About the Author
Georgia Pellegrini is the author of the critically acclaimed and IACP-nominated book Food Heroes: 16 Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition. A graduate of The French Culinary Institute, she has worked in renowned restaurants in New York and in France, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, and Michelin-starred farm-to-table restaurant La Chassagnette. Her work has been featured on Iron Chef America, in Food and Wine magazine, Shooting Sportsman, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Radio and various other magazines, TV, and radio programs. She chronicles her adventures in meeting food artisans and gathering her ingredients on her popular blog GeorgiaPellegrini.com, which receives millions of hits per month. Amy Rubinate has narrated audiobooks for many major audiobook publishers. She has received AudioFile's Earphones Award, and her narration for The Lily Pond was a Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction on Audio 2012 selection. She has a degree in oral interpretation of literature and has won state and national awards for poetry reading. A voice actor and singer for over a decade, Amy has narrated many interactive children's books and provided character voices for toys and video games. Her one-woman cabaret shows have been performed in New York and San Francisco.