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Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast Paperback – October 2, 2012
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“Hunt, Gather, Cook is a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to take more control over the food they eat and have more fun doing so. It’s a complete reference on foraging, fishing, and hunting, with great recipes by a writer, outdoorsman, and cook with enormous passion.” ―Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
“Going to be stranded on an island and can bring only one item? Bring Hank with you! And if you can’t, then absolutely bring Hunt, Gather, Cook. That will ensure not only your survival but your survival with style and good gastronomy!” ―Ariane Daguin, founder of specialty meat purveyor D’Artagnan
“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.” ―SimplyRecipes.com
“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.” ―LAWeekly.com
About the Author
Hank Shaw is a former chef, food writer, and the founder of the James Beard Award nominated food blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. He lives in Orangevale, California.
More About the Author
Hank runs the wild foods blog Hunter Angler Gardener Cook (www.honest-food.net), 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hank Shaw is the wild game cooking "whisperer".. Great book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lot of good info. Great detail included for whole process start to finish.Published 1 month ago by Robert M
My son recently prepared some fowl that he had bagged. He made them to perfection with Mr. Shaw's help AND accessibility through his website. I have pre-ordered the new book! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kelly
Nice cookbook with a variety of recipes that I intend to try. I enjoy adding wild foods to my table, and this book will be useful!Published 5 months ago by Linda
Love! Bought it for my son's 11th birthday - he is an avid hunter and fisherman, and is learning his way around the kitchen. I think he will learn a great deal from Hank's book.Published 5 months ago by BCKeck