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Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast [Kindle Edition]

Hank Shaw
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From field, forest, and stream to table, award-winning journalist Hank Shaw explores the forgotten art of foraging.

If there is a frontier beyond organic, local and seasonal, beyond farmers' markets and grass-fed meat, it's hunting, fishing and foraging your own food. A lifelong angler and forager who became a hunter late in life, Hank Shaw is dedicated to finding a place on the table for the myriad overlooked and underutilized wild foods that are there for the taking—if you know how to find them.

Hunt, Gather, Cook is an indispensable introduction to the pleasures of foraging, fishing, and hunting, with more than 50 recipes for making the most of the fruits of a day spent gathering food in the wild. Featuring:
From the Field, Forest, and Shore
  • Wild greens
  • Nettles and acorns
  • Grapes, prickly pears, and berries
  • Beach peas, kelp, and other seaside plants

From the Pond, River, and Ocean
  • Clams, mussels, snails, and oysters
  • Crabs of all varieties
  • Bluegills and other panfish
  • Herring and shad
  • Eels, sharks, and other unusual fish
From the Hunt
  • Rabbits, hares, and squirrels
  • Venison: deer, elk, antelope, and moose
  • Pheasants and other game birds
  • Wild boar
  • Waterfowl: ducks, geese, and snipe

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In Hunt, Gather, Cook, [Shaw] makes a powerful argument for joining him in a few of those pursuits, if only to become aware of the great bounty that surrounds us in the natural world, even when we live in urban environments--and perhaps particularly then. (The New York Times)

Most of us walk through our world and see water and land. Shaw sees a buffet ripe for the taking. (Tampa Tribune)

More than a cookbook, though there are plenty of recipes, and more than a memoir, though the book is filled with personal stories, Hunt, Gather, Cook is an introduction to a different way of 'doing' food. (

From recipes for homemade root beer and wild duck ragu to finding and picking nettles, the book is a paean to eating wild. (Garden & Gun)

A deftly narrated story that has us considering doing a little more foraging, fishing, and sure, maybe even hunting, so that we can have an excuse to buy a salami fridge, too. (

About the Author

HANK SHAW is a journalist, former restaurant cook, and the proprietor of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, twice nominated for a James Beard Award and winner of an IACP Award for best blog. His work has been published in Food & Wine, Field & Stream, and numerous other magazines. He lives near Sacramento, CA.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Advanced step for the mushroom gathering crowd August 25, 2011
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At a certain point many foragers grow hungry for bounty beyond mushrooms and cattails. They seek meat - raw and wild - yet making the leap from acorn gatherer to elk killer is a daunting one that seems beyond grasp. Hank Shaw's Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast narrows that gap with an entertaining, informative and approachable perspective on all forms of wild dining.

Hank Shaw is a true renaissance eater. Educated, well versed in ethics, smart in his approaches to gaining new skills and knowledge, yet rooted in his father's passion for the outdoors. I do not view him as the modern Grizzly Adams as others have, because I believe that diminishes the bridge that he provides to so many seeking the big step into a full table approach to wild foods.

At 336 pages with sparse photos and just a sprinkling of recipes, Shaw is more focused on a mid-range canvassing of everything one would need to know to forage plants as well as fish and hunt. Whereas Connie Green's Wild Table is all about the recipes, Shaw is about the how-to. How to find the stinging nettles. How to select the gun you need to kill a deer. How to process an animal in the field. Too much for some possibly, but enough for anyone on this journey to get far enough along that you have the confidence to take the next step.

The book is comprised of three sections: Foraging from coast to coast; Fishing and feasting from streams to the sea; and Hunting for food and fulfillment. Green's book focused in on California and Pacific Northwest flora, but Shaw features a more universal selection - wild greens, berries, acorns, and then present relatively easy recipes that are a step above the 70s Love Child recipes that have driven many from wild bounty.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The How-to Book June 6, 2011
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Those of us who check in regularly to Hank Shaw's award winning blog, Hunter, Angler, Cook ([...]) have been waiting with scant patience for the coming out of his new book Hunt, Gather, Cook; Finding the Forgotten Feast It finally hit the stands late in May, on schedule, but none too soon enough for a lot of us.

The book came a couple of days ago, all 324 pages, including some great photography, and divided basically in three parts: gathering (foraging) things that grow; fishing, (including gathering shell fish) and hunting, both birds and four footed game. He includes at least a couple of recipes with each chapter, sometimes more, and they by themselves are worth the price of admission.

The book is a delightful mélange of personal experiences, descriptions, and instructions. Hank's writing style is captivating. He could write a book about a shovel full of mud and I'd not be able to put it down until the very end.
If he didn't' write so extremely well this book could have been a disaster, for it covers such a prodigiously wide field.

For those experienced in any one of the three fields, foraging, fishing or hunting, there may not be much to learn. However, I have been fishing and hunting for more decades than I care to state, but even I found new things in each. My plant foraging has been pretty much limited to going after wild strawberries and field mushrooms (the book omits any mention of edible fungi, for the author felt it is too large and complicated a subject) so this part was very helpful. I don't see stinging nettles where I live, but we have plenty of miner's lettuce to beef up our springtime salads.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This book is one of a kind; for anyone with a palate who cares about food. As the New York Times glowing review of June 5. 2011, describes it, it is not, as the name might suggest, a book for hunters. Rather: "It is instead a book that provides a glimpse of the inevitable byproduct of life spent at the farmer's market railing at the evils of industrial agriculture while spending huge amounts on organic food." Shaw shows us wild greens -- dandelions even -- and berries, and nuts and roots all around us, and what to do with them for a nutritious, tasty and adventurous meal. And, yes, he talks about hunting and fishing but with a respect bordering on reverence. While most of us will not hunt or even fish, his description of how to cut and cook the food is expertly instructive. Shaw shows there is a world of good food all around us if we only take the time to look and taste. This book shows you how. (It is also wonderfully written by a hunter/gatherer who was a political writer in his daytime job.)
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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough June 23, 2011
This is a nice book. It glorifies the life of a hunter/gatherer/back to nature sort of guy, which is not at all a bad thing. The problem is that for somebody who might be serious about trying it, this book is not nearly specific and detailed enough. I've been fishing all my life, but Hunt, Gather, Cook tells very little about the actual technique of landing a flounder (for instance). The sections on gathering are even worse. Shaw mentions specific edible plants and tells a bit about them, but the pictures are sparse, many are black and white, and there is no way on Earth that I could go out into the field or woods and not poison myself if I tried to find the plants described.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really like this book. It's half cook book half how to book. Only wish it was in color.
Published 27 days ago by Adam L Reever
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price!
Hunt gather cook describes in detail a small amount of foods you may find for your family in nature. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dody Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Way more hunt than gather -- not the emphasis I was looking for.
Published 2 months ago by MJ
2.0 out of 5 stars I love Hank Shaw and his blog
I love Hank Shaw and his blog. I cook from that blog a lot because it is one of the few places with smart, interesting game recipes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cara fraver
5.0 out of 5 stars This would make a great gift for any woodsman
Purchased this book for my stepfather who shares a common interest in hunting and woodsmanship. It has very high quality images and is clearly very well made. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Riley Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!!!
Gave this book to my husband as Christmas gift as we both love Hank Shaws vision, ideas and recipes.
Published 3 months ago by michelle bartolo
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a nice introduction but does not have enough of either
I understand why this book is considered a must have for those beginning to gather and hunt their own food. However, it cannot function as your only, or even primary text. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional book for a hunter who loves to cook
Hank's blog inspired me to purchase this book. Checked it out before gift-giving and will definitely be borrowing and/or buying a second! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms P
5.0 out of 5 stars ) Lots of good information, well presented
I bought this as a gift for a friend, but of course had a chance to look it over myself before I wrapped it. :) Lots of good information, well presented. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dame Ruth
2.0 out of 5 stars High disappointed on my end but he loved it
I got this book because I've never cooked Venison. Being engaged to a hunter and freezer full of venison, I was so looking forward to receiving this book for Christmas. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melissa Martiere
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More About the Author

Hank Shaw is a cook, a hunter, angler, forager and wild foods expert constantly on the lookout for new things to catch and eat. Although he has caught fish and foraged since he could walk, Hank is an "adult onset" hunter who did not pick up a shotgun until 2002; he's never looked back. Hank and his partner Holly Heyser -- avid duck hunters -- now hunt or fish for all the meat they eat at home, and foraged foods form a daily part of their diet.

Hank runs the wild foods blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook (, which won the James Beard Award for Best Blog in 2013. He won the International Association of Culinary Professionals award for Best Blog in 2010 and 2011, and his work was featured in the book Best Food Writing 2012.

Shaw's magazine writing has appeared in Food & Wine, Organic Gardening, Field & Stream, as well as many other publications. He lives near Sacramento, CA.


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