Author Steven Rinella appearing on FAN Outdoors This Saturday Morning
I’m very excited to report that author Steven Rinella has agreed to join “The Captain” Billy Hildebrand and me for a conversation on the radio this Saturday morning. Rinella is the author of two non-fiction books; The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine was his first and American Buffalo his second.
I read American Buffalo this winter after picking it up during a Christmas shopping binge. The book tells Rinella’s tale of his wild buffalo hunt in the wilds of Alaska with a blow-by-blow account of the buffalo’s remarkable, and often tragic, North American history. His recount of the hunt is an adventure complete with grizzlies, wolves, buffalo chip campfires, and hypothermia.
On Monday, I began reading The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine. I’m five chapters in and it’s just as expert of a story. In this book, Rinella finds a hundred year old cookbook and sets out to pull off a three day feast featuring 45 different dishes from the cookbook. The hook; he has to hunt, fish, catch, or gather all the meats for his feast and we’re not talking just about rabbit, pheasant and elk. Nope, his meal consists of snapping turtle, song birds, fish semen, an antelope bladder, and an Alaskan mountain goat to name just a few ingredients. I find Rinella’s philosophy in line with Aldo Leopold, “the father of modern wildlife management.” In particular, Rinella’s view of food as the fruits earned by his hunting and fishing skills. Rinella’s thoughts remind me of Leopold’s “food doesn’t come from the grocery” thinking as described in A Sand County Almanac.
Rinella is also doing some work for the History Channel. We’ll see if this new adventure across America will be turning into book number three.
Please tune into FAN Outdoors this Saturday morning for what should prove to be some provocative conversation on American buffalo, hunting, fishing, wild game cuisine, and the modern conservation movement. Mr. Rinella is scheduled to appear at 6:50AM Central time. You can listen to the show live across the globe at www.KFAN.com or in the Twin Cities at AM 1130 on the radio dial. The show will also be available by podcast after Saturday morning.
Check out this YouTube video interview with Mr. Rinella.
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