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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: #552,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and appetizing! October 10, 2012
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Jackson Landers details the 18 months he spent traveling around the United States finding invasive species that are causing harm to our local ecosystems. His mission is capturing or killing a specimen- and then finding a good way to cook it and eat it! It may sound strange, but after the first chapter, you'll be craving an Iguana Taco and a cold beer in sunny south Florida. If you are or are interested in becoming a hunter, a fisherman, a locavore, an epicurean, or just plain concerned about the impact these invaders have on our environment, this book is certainly worth the investment.
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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating January 2, 2013
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This was an excellent and inspiring primer on eating invasive species. Lots of ideas here evern for Australians.

There were some indulgent moments - we probably heard a little too much about Jackson Landers's journey, and it seems this was at the expense of hearing about hunting more species. I suspect a publisher told him to personalise it. Not necessary.

Still this wasn't enough to detract from a unique book which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Information on Cooking November 1, 2012
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I enjoy Hunting and Fishing stories as much as the next outdoorsman but I would have liked to have seen more information about the cooking aspects of eating invasive species. I did apprecate the detail included on methods of hunting or fishing for the included species and the methods of preparing the meat or fish. With regards to cooking geese, I had hoped the author would have included more information on cooking methods. My experience with geese has not been as successful as his. I would have liked to know whether the geese were cooked to medium, medium rare or well done. This would be the same information for other meats he has included. While it is touched on in some places, it would be helpful to know which species can benefit from less cooking and which species must be cooked completely. The detail used to describe the prepartion, including eviceration (sp?) and butchering appears helpful, although, not having prepared any of these except geese, I wouldn't know for sure until I attempted them. I would argue though, that some of the invasive species located in Texas are in fact themselve endangered and removing them would cause their extinction. A subject that was not covered in his chapter detailing Texas invasive species. In summary, I enjoyed the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a good read. I heard about the book on a ...
This was a good read. I heard about the book on a podcast and decided to give it a chance. I didn't really want to put it down once I got started. I wish Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Baxter Stegall
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating Aliens
I had to LOL at the title, but this is a really good book! Perhaps something _can_ be done about our watery or furry "invaders": we can eat them!
Published 2 months ago by TheWyzOldOwl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, did not give me a rash
Published 4 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Eating Aliens
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Scarborough
5.0 out of 5 stars Original idea, and well written.
This was an original concept, and I enjoyed the stories of his attempts to bag various invasive species. The attempts on nutria were especially good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William A. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting
Offers some really interesting insight on different invasive species. I think it has motivated me to start hunting invasive species.
Published 14 months ago by Jeffrey Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars right on!
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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Edward H. schoeffler
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure Writing
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.
Published 19 months ago by Movie Fan
1.0 out of 5 stars I found it unreadable
The premise is good. The forward and the introduction are good. The body is ALL like this:

"Around midday, we heard several shots from less than half a mile away. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Gabriele
4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read
Jackson Landers has a lot of fun probing the problems of invasive species in America, what various locales are doing about it, and how we can eat our way to a healthier ecosystem. Read more
Published on January 13, 2013 by william d. silvestri
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