- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Reprint edition (Jan. 29 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738216054
- ISBN-13: 978-0738216058
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #700,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time Paperback – Jan 29 2013
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Publishers Weekly, 6/27/11
“The Omnivore’s Dilemma meets The Pioneer Woman Cooks: a provocative book that pushes the boundaries of the foodie revolution and considers why, how, and what we eat.”
Ree Drummond, bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, thepioneerwoman.com
“Georgia Pellegrini is a force: strong, articulate, beautiful . . . and she can hunt pheasant like no one’s business. Having gotten to know Georgia in real life, I was already excited to read Girl Hunter . . . but what I didn’t expect was that it would grab me by the arm and draw me in for days and days. I found myself nestling into my sofa to read each chapter, craving things like elk jerky and curried pigeon as I turned the pages. Georgia’s irresistibly descriptive chronicling of her year of hunting, along with the unbelievably delicious, almost otherworldly, recipes she shares, sealed this book’s permanent spot on my shelf. It is a timeless culinary classic.”
Molly O’Neill, author of
One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking
“As the national conversation about food shifted from taste to theory and politics, Georgia Pellegrini got real. She packed her bags, learned to shoot, and went face-to- face with our food supply. Lyrically told with unflagging humor, this is a rare account of the gut-level reality of being an omnivore. Read it and Eat.”
Steven Rinella, author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine and American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
“Within these pages, Georgia Pellegrini turns the common stereotype of a hunter inside out. Her examination of food, hunting, and personal history reveals a lifestyle that is stylish, contemporary, exciting, and on the cutting edge of American culture. Anyone who’s undecided about hunting should listen to this woman. Anyone who loves hunting should listen even more.”
Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl and Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
“Georgia Pellegrini did what I thought no one could do: keep me interested in reading more and more about hunting. Her open, curious nature, and the way she makes sentences sing through storms and funny moments, kept me reading Girl Hunter until late in the night. This is quite the book.”
Gail Simmons, host of Top Chef: Just Desserts
"In Girl Hunter, Georgia Pellegrini goes where few women have dared – through swamps and forests, fields and streams, all in the name of a soul-satisfying meal. Her book captures perfectly not just the thrill of hunting and foraging for your own dinner, but also the very personal and profound impact of these unique experiences. She compliments her stories with mouth-watering recipes and food descriptions that will inspire you to befriend your local butcher and look at game in a whole new way. Reading each of Georgia’s wild adventures made me want to pull on my Wellies and join her, rifle and skillet in hand."
Aarti Sequiera, host of Food Network's Aarti Party
"I never thought of hunting as the next inevitable step in the farm to table movement. Nor did I think of hunting as poetry in motion. Thanks to Georgia's eloquent little book, chock a block with equal parts respect and chutzpah, I have a whole new appreciation for hunting. Heck, I might even try it myself!"
Publishers Weekly, 11/21/11
“[Pellegrini’s prose] falls somewhere between the culinary outdoorsiness of Jim Harrison and the urban insight of Candace Bushnell."
“if she can get her hands this dirty, and with such humor and charm, we kind of want to too.”
Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern’s 12/19/11
“I obviously have a huge food crush on Girl Hunter Georgia Pellegrini…and her book cover is my favorite of the year.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/15/12
“The author’s true love of food and cooking enhances this memoir, which examines hunting as a means to become a more conscientious chef and eater.”
Santa Fe New Mexican, 12/30/11
“The recipes scattered about the book are as provocative and inspiring as her tales of back woods adventure and sustainable eating.”
Max Watman, The Wall Street Journal, December 24, 2011
“Ms. Pellegrini takes the conversation on sourcing our food beyond the farmers market, beyond the local-pastured, organic meat of even the most specialized butcher’s shop. She’s gone into the fields for herself and echoes José Ortega y Gasset's philosophical defense of hunting—that there is something worthwhile in the wild, something we need, and that our modern lives don’t scratch the itch, they only disguise it."
Wall Street Journal,12/24/11
"Ms. Pellegrini takes the conversation on sourcing our food beyond the farmers market, beyond the local-pastured, organic meat of even the most specialized butcher's shop. She's gone into the fields for herself and echoes José Ortega y Gasset's philosophical defense of hunting—that there is something worthwhile in the wild, something we need, and that our modern lives don't scratch the itch, they only disguise it."
Go Magazine, February 2012
"With a poet’s eye toward a conscious dinner, Pellegrini takes her readers on a search, not just for wild game but for what she calls a ‘primal part’ of one’s being. I couldn’t stop reading as Pellegrini dug into this foray with gusto and blood, which gives her book an occasional Lord of the Flies feel that’s usually abutted by thoughts so beautiful that you want to weep."
“Girl Hunter is an evocative account of Pelligrini’s gun-to-table experiences…It’s an unlikely pairing of Nigella Lawson’s culinary skills and Hemingway’s grit.”
About the Author
Her work has been featured on Iron Chef America, in Food and Wine Magazine, Town & Country, Shooting Sportsman, ESPN, Daily Candy, Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Radio, Gilt City, Fox, and various other magazines, TV, and radio programs. She currently roams the world hunting and gathering, tasting good food, and meeting the good people who make it.
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I have no problem with her perspective of hunting, as it is hers to have. She clearly has connections that enable her to hunt with wealthy and powerful friends, and this has also helped launch her PR efforts around this book. This, however, will not be most people's experience. One meaningful observation she had while hunting on an English estate (complete with rides in a Bentley) is the difference between hunting in the US and elsewhere. In England, hunting is viewed as an activity of the rich and privileged. It is a formal affair led by the estate owner. In the US, it is viewed as a redneck sport done by bearded men with pickup trucks and gun racks. What is not discussed in detail is the new wave of hunters who don't care about racks of antlers, but are interested in the natural food and outdoors.
If you are considering hunting, pick up Lily Raff McCaulou's Call of the Mild. You'll get deeper insight into the process most new hunters will endure, and will find a more revealing personal journey. McCaulou leads you through her thought process as an environmentalist and conservationist, and talks about the quality time she spends with her husband and friends during her journey.
Other reviews mention her hunting experiences largely originating from a position of privilege, but I don’t think this a fair characterization. She does have wealthy connections, but many of the stories include people of more modest means. My take-away generally was that if you want to hunt somewhere that does not have a lot of public land accessibility you need to network with ranchers and landowners to get permission. The notable exception to this was the Texas hunting club experience which she did not pay for but rather she went as part of a publicity stunt for the ranch itself.
The one thing that I did find strange and off putting was her hard look at British social hunting and her consideration of its social undertones related to the landed gentry but the almost complete neglect of such social considerations when dealing with American hunters. While not all books have to address the social and racial inequities in the South, there should at least be some mention of it if only to dispel the whole idyllic image she creates in its stead.
I have not tried her recipes, yet, but I intend to. If there is one thing I am confident of is her ability to cook.
Generally, I think the book offers a unique voice and a consolidated listing of delicious and easy recipes but it lacks good storytelling.