The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine: How I Spent a Year in the American Wild to Re-Create a Feast from the Classic Recipes of French Master Chef Auguste Escoffier

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Spiegel & Grau, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
When outdoorsman, avid hunter, and nature writer Steven Rinella stumbles upon Auguste Escoffier's 1903 milestone Le Guide Culinaire, he's inspired to assemble an unusual feast: a forty-five-course meal born entirely of Escoffier's esoteric wild game recipes. Over the course of one unforgettable year, he steadily procures his ingredients--fishing for stingrays in Florida, hunting mountain goats in Alaska, flying to Michigan to obtain a fifteen-pound snapping turtle--and encountering one colorful character after another. And as he introduces his vegetarian girlfriend to a huntsman's lifestyle, Rinella must also come to terms with the loss of his lifelong mentor--his father. An absorbing account of one man's relationship with family, friends, food, and the natural world, The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine is a rollicking tale of the American wild and its spoils.

Praise for The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine

"If Jack Kerouac had hung out with Julia Child instead of Neal Cassady, this book might have been written fifty years ago. . . . Steven Rinella brings bohemian flair and flashes of poetic sensibility to his picaresque tale of a man, a cookbook, and the culinary open road."--The Wall Street Journal

"If you rue the 'depersonalization of food production,' or you're tired of chemical ingredients, [Rinella] will make you howl."--Los Angeles Times

"A walk on the wild side of hunting and gathering, sure to repel a few professional food sissies but attract many more with its sheer in-your-face energy and fine storytelling."--Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall

"[A] warped, wonderful memoir of cooking and eating . . . [Rinella] recounts these madcap wilderness adventures with delicious verve and charm."--Men's Journal

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A captivating culinary project was born when a friend gave Outside magazine correspondent Rinella a copy of Le Guide Culinaire. Published by master chef Auguste Escoffier in 1903, the guide featured ... Read full review

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Rinella, a writer for Outside magazine and a devoted hunter and environmentalist(yes, you can be both), chronicles his year-long mission to cook a forty-five course meal from a hundred-year-old ... Read full review

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Steven Rinella is the author of The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game, Meat Eater, American Buffalo, and The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Field and Stream, Men's Journal, Outside, Men's Health, The New York Times, and the anthologies Best American Travel Writing and Best Food Writing. Rinella is the host of the popular TV series MeatEater, which airs on the Sportsman Channel. Born and raised in Twin Lake, Michigan, he now lives in Washington.

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