Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter

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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.
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"Meat Eater "chronicles Rinella's 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.
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"Full of empathy and intelligence . . . In some sections of the book, the author's 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
"Rinella's 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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Number of Pages: 244
Original Languages: English
Author: Rinella, Steven
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publication Date: September, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780385529815
ISBN-10: 0385529813
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Excellent book for the outdoor enthusiast!
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Steven Rinella is an exception, rather than the rule in this age of fast food restaurants and processed farm raised meats. He is a hunter/gatherer, and somewhat a gourmet cook where wild game meat is concerned. If you grew up, as I did, with a gun in your hands, roaming the woods and the fields harvesting wild game for the table, then you will also enjoy reading this book! Takes me back to a MUCH BETTER TIME!

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If you’re a person who would like to understand what goes through an outdoorsman’s mind; or if you are an antihunter wishing to comprehend what makes hunters do what they do; or if you are a hunter, as I am, wanting to feel a connection; or if you are a person who just enjoys a good read…this is the book for you. It’s a page turner that brings out various emotions with every flip. I love the TV shows produced by Steven Rinella, and I am certainly not letdown by this book; if anything, I am hoping that others replicate. Enjoy!

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