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Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species [Kindle Edition]

Jackson Landers , Hank Shaw
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Book Description

North America is under attack by a wide range of invasive animals. Black spiny-tailed iguanas in Florida, Asian carp in Missouri and Virginia, nutria in Louisiana, European green crabs in Connecticut, and other alien species throughout the United States are devouring our native plants and animals, pushing many to the brink of extinction. Jackson Landers has a unique solution to the problem: Eat them! This adventure narrative describes Landers’s quest to hunt twelve invasive animal species and turn them into delicious meals, showing how anyone can feed a family while enjoying the thrill of the hunt and helping to protect and conserve the natural environment.

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Part travelog, part conservation treatise, this is a terrific read and an effective call to arms.

(Chef Bun Lai, Miya's Sushi)

From the Back Cover

North America is under attack by invasive creatures! Black spiny-tailed iguanas, armadillos, European green crabs, lionfish, and other alien species are devouring our native plants and animals, pushing many to the brink of extinction.


One man is doing something about the problem -- Jackson Landers is hunting and eating aliens. Armed with his rifle and hunting knife, he sets out to turn invasive pests into delicious meals. This is his tale of stalking 14 destructive animal species and spreading the word that eating invasives spices up our dinner plates and helps the environment.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161212027X
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (September 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Some 50 years after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring set the environmentalist movement in motion, Landers' newest book has the potential to set the "invasivore" movement in full swing.

The term invasivore succinctly describes Landers' vocation and the book itself: hunting and fishing non-native species. Then eating them.

Eating Aliens chronicles Landers' pursuit across the country to hunt or fish black spiny-tailed iguanas, green iguanas, pigs, armadillos, lionfish, European green crabs, Asian carp, nutria, Canadian geese, tilapia, plecos, armored catfish, snakeheads, and Chinese mystery snails -- using modern firearms and tackle, as well as simple pellet rifles and knives.

Equal parts travelogue and essay, he describes each pursuit in detail, leaving you with many memorable anecdotes -- and wanting similar stories of your own.

He goes to great length to describe the effect each invasive species is having on the environment it encroached upon, alongside useful advice for pursuing (and eating) them yourself.

You see him struggle and succeed, as well as completely fail (he never actually catches one of the species mentioned above -- you'll have to read his book to find out which -- and the shocking reason why.)

Yet throughout, it's clear that his biggest roadblock came from needlessly strict (sometimes outdated) state hunting and fishing laws or local ordinances, often combined with ignorant government workers enforcing them or a naive community of citizens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting book of the century so far. September 7, 2012
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Landers is the No. 1 voice of experience in turning invasive species into nourishing, tasty meals. It doesn't require the skills of a practiced chef or a blue ribbon cuisine. An apartment kitchen has what's needed, and you already have the skill that's required. We all do. We just need to know what to make, where to get it, and how to prepare it. And here it is, This is a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Short Read April 9, 2014
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Overall it was a pretty ok book. I enjoyed reading about his adventures but wish he would've gotten into the nitty gritty of how we can hunt these invasives ourselves. This isn't a guidebook but was still a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting March 21, 2014
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Offers some really interesting insight on different invasive species. I think it has motivated me to start hunting invasive species.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! February 7, 2014
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I liked this book, it was very interesting and read quickly. I liked that that the lead up to the kills were descriptive but not boring. I wish he would have been more specific on the recipes. Anyone who likes the outdoors and is curious about exotic wildlife will enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars right on! November 23, 2013
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When I was a boy my father told me in a half joking statement that if we wanted to get rid of any living thing we did not want; teach people to eat it. Nice to see someone else appreciating the truth of that remark.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure Writing October 7, 2013
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Really a first rate book if you like smart adventures and authors with a unique voice. I especially enjoyed how resourceful Landers (the author) was in getting his prey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and informative April 11, 2013
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It's a short read that really highlights some of the more problematic species that are spreading throughout the world. It's written very enjoyably and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about invasive species. Especially those that are interested in snacking on them.
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