Girl Hunter | Georgia Pellegrini

 

They say that the hunt is half the fun.

Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time

TITLE: Girl Hunter
AUTHOR: Georgia Pellegrini
PUBLISHER: Da Capo Lifelong Books
CUISINE: Game

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Featured Ingredient: Javelina
A peccary (plural peccaries; also javelina and skunk pig; Portuguese javali and Spanish2011/365/65 I'm So Pretty... by cogdogblog jabalí, sajino or pecarí) is a medium-sized mammal of the family Tayassuidae, or New World pigs. Peccaries are members of the artiodactyl suborder Suina, as are the pig family (Suidae) and possibly the hippopotamus family (Hippopotamidae).They are found in the southwestern area of North America and throughout Central and South America. Peccaries usually measure between 90 and 130 centimetres (3.0 and 4.3 ft) in length, and a full-grown adult usually weighs between about 20 to 40 kilograms (44 to 88 lb). The word “peccary” is derived from the Carib word pakira or paquira.

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First Impressions
If you’re expecting a straight forward game cookbook, you will be surprised. Pleasantly so. This cleverly written book is part cookbook, part travel log. It’s a collection of hunting stories with some nicely crafted recipes at the conclusion of each “hunt”. Girl Hunter, Georgia Pellegrini, ushers us through her journey to get better acquainted with her meals. Some people just grow tomatoes. Not this girl, she’s out tracking squirrels in upstate New York and stalking elk in the vastness of Wyoming.

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What You’ll Find Inside (aka Table of Contents)
The Beginning and the End
The Village
Hunting the Big Quest
Grouse and Other Creatures
Calamity Jane
The Upland High Life
A Moveable Feast
Waiting for Pate in the Floatant
All of the Jewels That Get Unnoticed in the World
NASCAR Hog Hunting
Seeing the Forest for the Squirrel

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Sometimes bagging that rabbit may be more difficult than it first appears…

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The Best Of The Book (Our Favorite Recipes)

Wild Turkey Schnitzel Pulled Javelina
Apple Wood Smoked Pheasant Stuffed Quail
Braised Hog Belly Buttermilk Fried Rabbit

 

I’m lucky. I have a friend who’s a hunter. The best part is he is willing to share. His freezer is pretty well stocked with venison, elk and caribou. We also have a county 4H youth fair close by. So, we have pretty easy access to ducks, rabbits, turkeys and the like. For most of these recipes I can find the main ingredient. That might be a tad tougher for others. Yes, there are some recipes that looked pretty delicious. I like Moroccan food. So, the Pheasant Tagine (P. 122) is right in my wheelhouse. Love those flavors. Jerry and I are going to make an attempt at the Elk Jerky (P. 85). So, you’ll see a complete post later on that recipe. Keep an eye out for that. If I can get him to part with some prime venison meat, I would like to try the Fried Venison Backstrap (p. 162). The original method is to cook this over an open campfire. We’ll have to see just how ambitious we are when the time comes.

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Special FeaturesGirl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time
Lots of stuff packed into the back of the book. A nice section on marinades and gravies. There are two great charts located there. One for birds, the other for game. They list cooking temps and the characteristics of the meat. There is also a nice chart for aging game meat and birds. And what would a book on wild game be without a metric conversion chart?? I was sweating that one, second to last page! The only glaring omission is a list of game purveyors. Not everyone can go out and shoot their own dinner. Some people like me love the meat, but, don’t have the stomach for the killing part. Others, may just not have access or opportunity. There are lots of great places you can get game without trudging out to the fields. I’ll give you some online resources at the end of this post.

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Conclusions
This was a fun ride. From beginning to end, a great tale of education and indoctrination. You can tell that Georgia develops a rich respect for the food she is eating. The recipes are medium difficulty. The hardest part for most will be gathering the necessary ingredients. It’s not a game reference per se. But, it does have some special features you may refer back to again and again. If you’re looking for a tantalizing story that is intertwined with some delicious end results you’ve found your prey.

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Culinary Expertise Required: 6.5
1= Boiling Water (novice) 10= Liquid Nitrogen (expert)

Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time

Resources, Links and Press
D’Artagnan – Great site for all type of game meat and birds
Georgia’s Website
Follow Georgia on Twitter
Hunting Trips

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