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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609618904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609618902
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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 (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.

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This book is very well written and informative.
kevin
First off let me say that I read this book from cover-to-cover over a long weekend and loved it.
L. Fister
I intend to recommend this book to any one who loves food and/or the outdoors.
R in Oregon

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Connoley on 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peter Arnold on 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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John M. Poswall on June 5, 2011
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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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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Katz on June 23, 2011
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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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