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Eating Aliens

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  21 reviews
North America is under attack by a wide range of invasive animals. Black spiny-tailed iguanas in Florida, Asian carp in Missouri and Virginia, nutria in Louisiana, European green crabs in Connecticut, and other alien species throughout the United States are devouring our native plants and animals, pushing many to the brink of extinction. Jackson Landers has a unique soluti...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 2012 by Storey Publishing
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Richard
I was a little hesitant about this book, kinda seemed a little far-fetched and ridiculous. It is one man's quest ( the author ) to find out more about an invasive species ( non-native ) to the environment and hunt/kill/eat the critter. The book turned out to be pretty relaxed and their were bits of humour involved as well to what he was doing. Some of the critters that he hunted and ate included : nutria ( basically a giant rodent ), asian carp fish and wild boar. Mostly, he'll travel by car to...more
Steven
This is an interesting book that follows the author on a mission to hunt (and eat) species of animal that are living where they do not belong and driving out the animals that do belong there.

The stories are entertaining and lively, but I felt like the book could have been so much more than was. In other words, I guess I'd say the book doesn't quite live up to its full potential. Even just one final chapter about the environmental impacts that could be made if people turned to these sources of me...more
Meghan Fidler
A humorous and intelligent look at food, ecology, and government administration. I appreciate Lander's knowledge of weaponry and game anatomy. Even when the animals, like the armored catfish, prove to be beyond experiential knowledge, Lander's honest pen reflects life: the first time is always memorable.
I recommend this book. "Eating Aliens" proved to contain a playful focus on a very serious subject, a tone which renders a fantastic approach for garnishing greater support for new eats and env...more
Mark Hainds
I just finished reading Jackson Landers book Eating Aliens. It's a little scary how close our philosophies match on the subjects of hunting and utilizing invasive species. There are many similarities with his book and mine, which is titled - Year of the Pig. My book covers a year in which I sought to kill at least one feral pig in ten different states. Mr. Landers' book documents a similar time frame in which he pursues a more diverse menagerie of invasives that move: on land, in the air, and un...more
Jessica
Aug 20, 2013 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jessica by: Heard on NPR 2010 or 2011. Presented MEN Fair 2011 and 2012.
As someone who didn't grow up around hunters and only began raising anything that would be my own food as an adult, this book is eye-opening and inspiring. Although we all know that there are numerous plant and insect invasives, here we are focused mostly on fish and mammals (Canada Geese are the exception - the pigeons and starlings got away) and on hunting them for the dual purpose of eradication and food.

I started out reading a bit of a chapter here and there over the course of the last year...more
Celina
This would have been a brilliant TV show, but as the author makes clear in the nutria episode, you can hunt or you can take photos and video of hunting, not both. Instead we have this book, and it's a pretty good substitute. In short, vivid chapters, the author describes his efforts to stalk and eat invasive animal species that are wrecking ecosystems around the country, from iguanas in Florida through flying carp in Missouri to the furbearing, tree-chomping, embankment-crumbling nutria of Louis...more
David Ward
Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species by Jackson Landers (Storey Publishing 2012)(639.1) has a very logical premise: one way for humans to control the populations of invasive animal species (known as alien species or introduced species) is to eat them. When an alien species is introduced into a new environment, the aliens have no predator in the new home. Without a specific predator, there is nothing to check the population of the aliens which then explodes (think f...more
Tcunningham
Jackson Landers is a very good story teller. He keeps you interested throughout the chapters. Each chapter is about a different invasive species that he hunts. He keeps the book very informal while still keeping a good story and keeping the book humorous.
Aaron Galles
This book has been in my stack of books to read for about 2 years and I finally got around to picking it up last week. I really enjoyed it and didn't really know what to expect. It is written as a bunch of short essays each detailing the authors journey to research, find, hunt, and cook invasive species. There is a loose storyline that ties them all together but it's easy to pick up a section you are interested in and read that and then skip the one about wild pigs.

I thought the chapter on Lionf...more
Vicki
Remarkably interesting and readable!
Michael
Jackson is a great writer, and pulls enough storytelling into the book to keep you interested. The book is also nicely divided into many different short stories on each invasive species that he targets - you can read them out of order if you like. He has some great info and regularly posts here: http://www.facebook.com/jackson.landers
William
A great page turner and easy-to-read collection of chapters on invasive species -- and the author's attempts to hunt and eat them. However, I feel that the author did not develop himself well enough (we never really get to know him) or the characters who came and went during his adventures.
Daniel Burton-Rose
An enjoyable and inspiring take on the invasives problem. A few chapters actually made me hungry!
John Orman
Those darn invasive species--let's just catch them somehow, then eat them! This book tells how author Landers tracked down 14 "invasives" and turned them into "delicious" meals! This includes several kinds of iguanas and the armadillo!
Chris Wootton
A great approach to ecological responsibility without having to give up eating meat. The stories had me hooked. Exciting, funny, and really makes you think about the impact one person can have.
Danielle T
Not sure I'd actually go hunting for invasives, but I'd definitely be up for eating them. Short, quick read but easily entertaining (and important, too).
Cho-Yi
Nothing spectacular. An easy read and informative. Interesting concept and I wouldn't mind trying some of these out.
Kathleen
How could a little bit of index hurt, just for kicks? The artwork is a blast.
Karen
hilarious and informative
Katrina Bergherm
Excellent! A must read book!
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