Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter


Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter Author Steven Rinella
ISBN-10 0385529821
ISBN-13 9780385529822
Year 2013-09-10
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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Revelatory With every chapter you get a history lesson a hunting lesson a nature lesson and a cooking lesson Meat Eater offers an overabundance to savor The New York Times Book Review Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake Michigan the son of a hunter who taught his three sons to love the natural world the way he did As a child Rinella devoured stories of the American wilderness especially the exploits of his hero Daniel Boone He began fishing at the age of three and shot his first squirrel at eight and his first deer at thirteen He chose the colleges he went to by their proximity to good hunting ground and he experimented with living solely off wild meat As an adult he feeds his family from the food he hunts Meat Eater chronicles Rinellas lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of ten hunts beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age ten and ending as a thirty seven year old Brooklyn father who hunts in the remotest corners of North America He tells of having a struggling career as a fur trapper just as fur prices were falling of a dalliance with catch and release steelhead fishing of canoeing in the Missouri Breaks in search of mule deer just as the Missouri River was freezing up one November and of hunting the elusive Dall sheep in the glaciated mountains of Alaska Through each story Rinella grapples with themes such as the role of the hunter in shaping America the vanishing frontier the ethics of killing the allure of hunting trophies the responsibilities that human predators have to their prey and the disappearance of the hunter himself as Americans lose their connection with the way their food finds its way to their tables Hunting he argues is intimately connected with our humanity assuming responsibility for acquiring the meat that we eat rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners processors packagers and distributors is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do A thrilling storyteller with boundless interesting facts and historical information about the land the natural world and the history of hunting Rinella also includes after each chapter a section of Tasting Notes that draws from his thirty plus years of eating and cooking wild game both at home and over a campfire In Meat Eater he paints a loving portrait of a way of life that is part of who we are as humans and as Americans Praise for Meat Eater Full of empathy and intelligence In some sections of the book the authors prose is so engrossing so riveting that it matches punch for punch the best sports writing The Wall Street Journal Steven Rinella is one of the best nature writers of the last decade This book was a page turner Tim Ferris Rinellas writing is unerringly smart direct and sharply detailed The Boston Globe A unique and valuable alternate view of where our food comes from Anthony Bourdain

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