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

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What happens when a classically-trained New York chef and fearless omnivore heads out of the city and into the wild to track down the ingredients for her meals? After abandoning Wall Street to embrace her lifelong love of cooking, Georgia Pellegrini comes face to face with her first kill. From honoring that first turkey to realizing that the only way we truly know where ou ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published December 1st 2011)
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May 15, 2012 Simone rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read

I was skimming through reviews on this, and they seem to be mixed. Some people hate the flowery writing, (which I didn't mind) and other people are upset she's not attacking the meat industry more systematically or providing tips for hunting your own meat. First up, this is definitely more a memoir than food industry book. Second of all she doesn't focus on the learning to hunt, that part would be up to you, she does provide recipes for how to cook the game you get, and those all sound delicious
Kevin Farrell
Mar 05, 2012 Kevin Farrell rated it it was amazing
This is a good next step after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma. Georgia Pellegrini writes about her pursuit of the ultimate experience in consumption - killing, butchering and eating her own food. She meets many colorful souls who help her on her journey as she hunts deer, hogs, turkeys, pheasants, and squirrels.

The writing is superb. Very descriptive and "comfortable" at the same time. Each chapter is followed with several recipes for the game just discussed. I am going to buy this book and kee
Jun 11, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: cooking-food
Overall I was pretty disappointed with Girl Hunter. Georgia Pellegrini worked on Wall Street, then went to culinary school and became a chef. While working as a chef she worked much closer to her food, but only after she was asked to slaughter a turkey did Pellegrini start thinking about how removed even chefs could be from the reality of where their meat comes from. So, she decides to learn how to hunt and in doing so close the gap between herself and her food. All of this sounded very interest ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
I live in a house of many opinions on the matter of hunting.

I am not a hunter. I, however, am married to a hunter. I have one child who struggles to like the taste of meat and yet wants to hunt for it. The rule of the house is that if you can't eat it, you can't shoot it. It's taken some soul searching for that child to decide how to proceed. I have another child who, disposition wise, strikes me as an unlikely hunter and yet is fully excited to embrace the idea. So this book was an interesting
May 06, 2012 Rachel rated it did not like it
“Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time” is none of the above. What a disappointment. I found this book so…unhelpful, so…uninspiring, so… insipid. It was just really, really boring to read. Maybe my expectations were off – but they were set by the book itself in many ways.

My biggest complaint is there is no “WE” to this book! There is no path demarcated that we can follow, there is no philosophy outlined that we can incorporate. There is no discussion about the economic
Feb 03, 2012 Shannon rated it it was ok
I borrowed this book from the library because my beloved is a hunter who spends most of his spare moments sitting in a tree stand looking for that elusive 10-point buck. I, on the other hand, am a vegetarian who trends toward vegan. I respect his choices (and he respects mine) and I wanted to learn more about why he does what he does and if, maybe, one day, I could do the same. Pellegrini seemed a good person to tell me. And she may have been, but somehow her delivery just didn't work for me. Ma ...more
Aug 23, 2012 Tana rated it it was amazing
Give me a moment. I’m having a lot of feelings about this book. I didn’t know that I could feel this way about non-fiction books, but there you go. Girl Hunter left me with a hungry belly and a full heart and a shiny new crush on Georgia Pellegrini.

Girl Hunter is an ode to hunting, an ode to a pioneer kind of life, and it is deeply anchored in the connection between a person and the natural world in which they live. Pellegrini describes her journey from corporate life to culinary life and, event
Teri Argo
Dec 29, 2011 Teri Argo rated it really liked it
Half narrative on how a classically trained chef, city girl, becomes a hunter and half recipes for the game she kills. I found this book very entertaining; however, she mostly writes about hunting on hunting ranches and game preserves, which is foreign to me. We hunt on public land, or farmers land with permission. Our hunting experiences are very different from the authors, but in the end, it comes down to eating what you take. And, the knowledge of where you food comes from and how it is cared ...more
Johanna Perry
Jan 19, 2016 Johanna Perry rated it it was ok
Shelves: shelved-mid-read
I agree with the reviews on goodreads that describe GP as a so-so and sometimes pompous writer. It's hard to like her as a person and to get much out of this book. She's been fortunate enough to know a lot of people with a bit of money who can hook her up with really cool outings all over. I find myself mainly daydreaming about what fun it would be to have these opportunities and not have to work in the corporate world, but that's not enough to overpower her serious love of herself which makes m ...more
Sarah Boon
Dec 23, 2014 Sarah Boon rated it it was ok
A bit overhyped. The type of hunting Pellegrini does is the hunting of the elite few, a far cry from the blue collar hunting described in David Adams Richards' Facing the Hunter. Pellegrini had a good opportunity to address women in hunting culture, the role of wild food in our current diet, and access to wild game by different sectors of society. Instead the book is about going on shoots with the wealthy and making over-the-top recipes (which did make me salivate!) with the spoils.
Feb 11, 2012 Kelsey rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book as it was interesting to hear hunting stories from a girl who did not grow up with it as I did. That said, I wished she had delved further into her journey of becoming a hunter. I realize she is a blogger but I like books better when they read as books and not as a blog posts. The stories seemed slightly disjointed and while she hinted at her motivations for become a hunter, she never fully explained herself. I think that could have been a very strong tie through all the stor ...more
Chris Bernardi
Jan 01, 2012 Chris Bernardi rated it it was amazing
A great story about returning to one's omnivore roots. Well written and over too soon.
Apr 08, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
The author was recently featured on MPR Midmorning. She described fascinating tales of her hunting experience in search to track down the ingredients for the meals she prepared as a classically trained chef. Other callers relayed their experiences with wild game hunting, including a college student at Bemidji State who hunts and eats mostly wild game and avoids the college cafeterias. I added the book to my reservation queue at the library, and just had the chance to read it now. Here are some o ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ages ago, I was a vegetarian and was against any form of hunting. Today, I have given up my vegetarian lifestyle and married a hunter... who is quickly turning me into one as well. When I first learned about Georgia's book, I immediately preordered it and then read through her blog to bide my time until the book came out. My determination to hunt my own food has been renewed, I can't wait to get my 20g over and under.

Unfortunately, her constant narration about every little detail and feeling bo
Jul 13, 2015 Nadine rated it it was ok
Let's start with the most superficial issues before addressing more significant ones. "Girl Hunter" reads like blog entries woven into book-length. There are a number of comma splices and run-on sentences; further copy editing would have greatly improved the sentence quality, though not the overall structure.

A number of other reviews have covered this next issue: this is elite hunting, for the most part - paying ranches and the like to hunt their stocked grounds. Even when Pellegrini isn't hunti
Mar 06, 2015 Denise rated it did not like it
I really, really wanted to like this book as woman hunter (novice) that I am. I had previously read "Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Diner" by Lily Raff McCaulou and loved it. Girl Hunter can't figure out what kind of book it wants to be and all it did was perpetrate long standing stereotypes of hunters as rich, privileged white males on private land and game farms with some that have no qualms about poaching. I came away with the opinion that she is a dilettante - she didn't really le ...more
Emilia P
Jul 15, 2014 Emilia P rated it liked it
Shelves: real-books
I must admit, I saw this lady featured on daytime television while I was nursing my baby so the hopes were not that high -- and they were just about matched. Although if Pellegrini was my friend or acquaintance I'd probably think she was a pretty cool lady. The premise -- I quit my Wall Street job to become a chef, and quit my chef job to go hunting for different stuff, was a good one. Unfortunately, her version of hunting was closest to the English nobility type of high-class hunting that... is ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I may never see meat the same way again. I would wonder where it came from and how fresh it is.

The author is a chef & decided to hunt her food the same way our forefathers & pioneers did. She hunts not for the prize but for the meat. As she says, when she sees a hog crossing the road in the woods, she doesn't see an animal but sees sausage. She believes that hunting for meat is more humane to animals. She's a conscious hunter so there's no suffering unlike grocery shopping for farm anima
Aug 02, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
The aspects of character that make someone gifted at outdoor skills tend to be at odds with the aspects that make someone a good writer. Hemingway is the great example of a wordsmith whose other gifts bring a first-hand knowledge to the reader of things the reader may never come close to experiencing for himself. Ms. Pellegrini writes vividly of how it can be stimulating to be out in the cold and the wet when your reward is the thrill of the hunt. She's really good at sharing that thrill. Her ap ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Diana rated it it was ok
I know I must be missing something here. I adore Georgia Pellegrini's blog and am convinced that if we ever met, I would be too much in awe for us to have a healthy, normal friendship.

So how could I not get into this book? Grrrr..... (That would be me, not the animal she's hunting.) I mean, I believe in guns...but maybe I can't justify hunting. I eat meat although these days my diet is pescaterian-ish, so maybe the recipes at the end of the chapters didn't do it for me. Despite all this, I just
Jun 29, 2012 Rose rated it liked it
This book wasn't bad, but not as great as I hoped it would be. There was definitely something keeping me from being REALLY interested in the book, although I was interested in the topic before I started reading.
I find that she often made redundant statements ("paying the full Karmic price", etc.) and, as others have said, seemed a little full of herself. I applaud her for being confident, and as a woman it can be hard to get away with being confident without coming off as b*tchy; I get that. Bu
Oct 13, 2012 irmwilliemay rated it really liked it
"Girl Hunter" by Georgia Pellegrini
Girl Hunter is a memoir about a woman (Georgia) who, at age 12, decides she wants to hunt. After a hunting trip gone not so well, she forgets about it and lives a very successful life in New York City. The book is about how she quits her life in New York and becomes a hunter and a cook. You follow Georgia on her hunting trip around the world. But it's not all hunting. You see her struggles with different people and enviroments. Along with the story, Georgia sh
Hannah Linebaugh
Oct 21, 2014 Hannah Linebaugh rated it really liked it
This book is not for the vegan, but then again perhaps it should be. As she says in the book, there is something inherently human about hunting your own food and coming to full understanding of where the food on your plate comes from. Unlike the author I was almost born with a gun in my hands. Both my father and my mother taught me to hunt and shoot as soon as I was able to hold the gun up myself. The author comes to this realization later in life and fully embraces it. She finally understands t ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Carissa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reviews
first reviewed here


Title: Girl Hunter

Author: Georgia Pellegrini


Chapters: 11 plus epilogue

Pages: 248

Genre: memoir

Rating: 4 stars

It is the memoir in which Georgia records her adventures as she goes on different hunts across the US and even England. It’s all in her quest to get closer to her food source. She also writes a little about the people she meets as well. Sometimes changing their names to protect them.

It was an enjoyable read as well as me
Feb 24, 2013 Gustoffa rated it really liked it
I found this a really interesting read. I LOVE cooking and picked it up hoping to find some good recipes for game meat as my hubby is a hunter. Mission accomplished - the recipes look great and cover just about every type of game that I am likely to run into. What I didn't expect and was pleasantly surprised by was that it gave me the desire to learn to hunt! I have always just thought about the preparation of harvested animals once they got to my home but I think it would be great to be involve ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Valerie rated it liked it
I was expecting a bit more social commentary than this book delivered. I enjoyed the authors enthusiasm, appreciation and awe of nature. I thought many sections contained wonderfully moving descriptions of people, landscapes, meals and weaponry. But I feel like the experiences described were often elitist in the inability of your average consumer to team up with experienced and genuine professional hunters. Most consumers have neither the time, money, resources or knowledge to attempt even one o ...more
Kristie (fabk)
This was a fascinating book. One woman's journey from never hunting before to hunting all kinds of game and as a master chef, she brings to each tale many wonderful recipes.

As someone who didn't hunt from a young age either, I found her journey to be refreshing and interesting. She didn't dwell on the actual killing of things, but on the hunt itself, which is what I enjoy the most. It's about getting outside and getting back to basics, which most hunters do not understand.

I also found the inform
Lisa Eirene
Mar 01, 2012 Lisa Eirene rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book....

When I first started reading the book, I thought the writing was good. But as I continued, I started to feel like the "colorful," flowery writing was just a farce for lack of content. The book isn't really about a "revolution." It's a book about hunting that includes recipes in each chapter for what she hunted. I just didn't enjoy the book and felt like I had no sense of who the writer was.

I think she's friends with the Pioneer Woman, so maybe that's how she got a
Jim McClellan
Jun 10, 2012 Jim McClellan rated it it was amazing
Georgia Pellegrini set out on a journey to learn how to hunt, but more significantly, to understand why we hunt. She steered away from the canned, pay-to-play experiences and instead spent time with real hunters carrying on time-honored traditions. In Girl Hunter, Georgia connects readers with the spirit of self-sufficiency that sustained all but the most recent generations of Americans. Her perspective is refreshing and her recipes are gifts that keep on giving long after the first read. I give ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it
I couldn't get over the fact that the author is an extremely privileged individual regarding her family, education, and work. She isn't so much backwoods hunting as going on the most expensive and exclusive hunting excursions and sharing recipes because she is also a chef who has worked at a Michelin-rated restaurant. I wanted to like this book, but I feel that I learned more about shooting and hunting from Eve on the TV show, "Alaska, the Last Frontier", than from this Burberry-clad hunter.
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