- Wild Game
- Foraging Resources
I write. I fish. I dig earth, raise plants, live politics and kill wild animals. I drink bourbon, wear seersucker or Wranglers with equal aplomb and wish I owned a farm. But most of all I think daily about new ways to eat anything that walks, flies, swims, crawls, skitters, jumps - or grows. I am the omnivore who has solved his dilemma.
Cooking and eating the American shad used to be part of any angler’s skill set. No longer. All those bones have defeated many a would-be shad eater. But here’s how to cook shad and actually enjoy it. Everything you need to know about dealing with a fish whose Latin name is “tastiest.”
In this episode of the Hunt Gather Talk podcast, I talk about silence — both of the mind and in nature — as vital to being able to truly enjoy the natural world. Maybe you don’t need to kill your cell phone, but putting it on airplane mode is a good start.
There is no form of fishing I am better at than bottom fishing in the ocean. And here in the West, that means rockfish (rock cod) and lingcod. Here’s how to catch more, from gear to technique, to little tricks and tips that have helped me over the years.
I call this recipe thistle soup. Little pheasant meatballs in a clear pheasant broth served with artichoke hearts and cardoons. It is a lovely light dinner or lunch in springtime. And don’t worry if you don’t have cardoons, you can skip them.
Gruit beer, which is beer made without hops, or with hops as a minor addition, is an ancient practice that deserves to be revived using the wild edible plants all around us.
Beer. That Without Which We Are Nothing. In this week’s episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I talk with beer expert and former professional brewer Rick Sellers about getting the wild into your homebrew, whether it’s wild yeasts or foraged ingredients in your beers.
Bracken fern lives all over the world. And most every place it lives, people eat it. Yet it’s recently been branded as a carcinogen. That seems to be true, but like all things, the poison’s in the dose.
Few places celebrate turkey like Mexico. It is where the turkey was domesticated, and there are scores of great recipes for these birds there. This is a traditional Yucatan turkey recipe, using legs, thighs and wings that are marinated, grilled, then braised.