Into the Woods: Hunting Cookbooks on the Rise

Many meat-eaters are picking up their guns instead of heading to the supermarket. Here's a look at several new cookbooks dedicated to cooking what you kill

Donning camo, loading up the rifles and heading out into the wilderness has typically been a man's game, but more and more women are getting into hunting in a big way.  

Chef-cum-hunter Georgia Pelligrini recently released Girl Hunter, a memoir/cookbook about being a self-sufficient eater. Pelligrini's adventures with hunting game, both large and small, elevate proteins from plastic-wrapped trays in the supermarket to a food source that should be treated with respect and reverence. According to Pelligrini, there's no better way to get in touch with the meat that we eat than to hunt the animals ourselves.  

There are quite a few other hunt-centric cookbooks on the market for those are looking to take their kill from the hunting cabin to the the kitchen. The fully-illustrated Game: A Cookbook provides restaurant-calibre recipes that utilize all parts of your haul, whether it comes from the woods, the stream or the sky. 

For those new to the home-butchering game, A Hunter's Cookbook covers the butchering, dressing and cooking of more than 20 animals with hundreds of photographs to guide you through the process. 

And of course we can't forget our favorite outdoorsman, Hank Shaw, whose book Hunt, Gather, Cook brings readers deeply in touch with the bounty that nature has to offer through hunting and foraging for wild edibles.  

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