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Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species

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North America is under attack by a wide range of invasive animals, pushing native breeds to the brink of extinction. Combining thrilling hunting adventures, a keen culinary imagination, and a passionate defense of the natural environment, Eating Aliens chronicles Landers’ quest to hunt 12 invasive animal species and turn them into delicious meals. Get ready to dig into tac ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 2012 by Storey Publishing
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Mark Hainds
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Meghan Fidler
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aaron Galles
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
My expectations were zero for this book - it lingered in a box in my basement for years. So, the bar was pretty low. Which made this a really nice surprise.

This was a memoir about eating swamp rats and feral pigs and lizards. Which, ugh. But also, it brought up a very interesting point about invasive species and what to do about them, and the red tape involved with actually getting government to do anything about them. Basically highlighting the repercussions of a seven year old releasing his p
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not a hunter, but I am very concerned about invasive exotics. I found the author's goals noble, his information sound and well researched and his stories as realistically frustrating as hunting these species must be. It was quite entertaining.
Mr. Landers makes a great case for the hunting and eating of “alien” animals. No matter how much vegans, vegetarians or PETA might decry humans killing animals, their arguments carry little weight when placed alongside the real and grim dangers of foreign animals that are destroying their habitat, endangering native species and wreaking general havoc on the ecosystem, simply because we’ve taken them where they don’t belong.

It’s mainly humans who are to blame when animals are removed from their n
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
David Ward
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I have been talking it up with nearly everybody I meet, and most of them want me to get it back to the library ASAP so they can check it out.

Invasive species can be a huge problem in an ecosystem. Native species can be pushed to extinction and huge damage can be done to the environment. Jackson Landers has provided one idea that could make a difference in controlling the population of invasives. Eat them! He also points out the difficulties in pursuing thi
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Bruce Nordstrom
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: journalism, travel
I started out by picking this up at the library, started reading and got so interested I took it home and finished reading it all in one night.

I loved this book. The reading is easy to follow and very captivating. And it is based on a simple premise: There are hundreds of species of alien animals which have been introduced accidently and purposefully into the United States. They are flurishing, and is some cases threatening some native species with extinction. The author's solution? Hunt them an
Michael McCue
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jackson Landers finds a way to deal with alien invasive species that are threatening native wildlife in North America, he hunts them down and eats them. Actually a good idea. If enough people decide that they want to eat some of these invasive aliens they might be controlled and native species saved from extinction. Landers hunted and ate lion fish, feral pigs, iguanas and snakehead fish. He never did catch a snakehead. The author found that some of the fish and mammals that conventional wisdom ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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:
John Orman
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Katrina Bergherm
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! A must read book!
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, benicia
How could a little bit of index hurt, just for kicks? The artwork is a blast.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Remarkably interesting and readable!
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Neat book on the hunting and eating of invasive species.
Chris Wootton
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rebecca Watts
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at the problem of invasive animal species.
Daniel Burton-Rose
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and inspiring take on the invasives problem. A few chapters actually made me hungry!
Danielle T
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
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).
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Nothing spectacular. An easy read and informative. Interesting concept and I wouldn't mind trying some of these out.
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