GIRL HUNTER GIVEAWAY

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

by Debra on February 21, 2012

I stand in front of the meat counter looking down at all the shrink-wrapped, Styrofoam platters of meat . . . other shoppers, their carts laden with frozen dinners, ketchup, peanut butter and laundry soap, move in and around me. I am glued to the stained and dirty white tile, shifting from one foot . . . and then to the other whenever someone reaches around me for a package . . . tossing it into a cart with the speed of a Christie’s auctioneer selling a rare painting . . .

And as I view row after row of shrink-wrap and Styrofoam, it hits me . . . there was a huge disconnect with what I was buying and cooking at home and where this meat comes from, how is it raised . . . do I care about these things? Should I care about these things? And it was with that mind-set that I began reading Georgia Pellegrini’s new book, Girl Hunter.

Georgia had her own watershed moment while working at the famous Blue Hill at Stone Barns where she killed her first turkey; that single moment would forever change her life and placed Georgia on a path where she not only learns how to hunt, but four years later, she has grown into a different person. Written like great poetry, Girl Hunter is a gorgeous memoir; words which have rhythm and cadence . . . at times, her words move along with the speed of dangerous and high waters . . . and other times a gentle and lazy river. But it’s these final words in the epilogue that form a lump in my throat and I find myself blinking back tears:

‘It was more amazing than the irreplaceable meals, the incomparable vistas, the fine cigars and scotch, the almond cakes and gourmet chocolates, because now I am more awake than I ever was when working in fast-paced four-star kitchens, or on a high-pitched trading floor. It is as if I have realized again those first pleasures I knew sitting beside my creek in the Hudson Valley, watching the orange fishing bobbin float by under the willow tree. I am a more thoughtful eater, a more thoughtful chef, and a more awake human being . . .’

To be a thoughtful eater and a more awake human being . . . can there be a better aspiration than this? I am not a hunter, but I am grateful for women like Georgia . . . women who are fearless in their quest for answers, who gut it out blood, sweat and tears and take us along on the journey.

I love this book so much that I am giving away copies to 3 readers – who will also be entered to ‘Win A Trip To Alaska With Me’ contest over on Georgia’s site. Simply ‘like’ Smith Bites on Facebook, come back here and leave me a comment telling me you did; if you already ‘like’ me, that counts too – just make sure to leave a comment here in the section below – do not leave comments on Facebook or your entry won’t count. And please make sure you leave your email addy on the comment form (don’t leave it in the comment section as we value your privacy.) We’ll announce the winners here on Friday at noon EST.

 

© 2012, Debra. All rights reserved.

{ 46 comments }

Kathleen M February 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

I like your blog and have tried a number of your recipes. I do not have a facebook page, so i cannot “like” you…. but I really DO “like” you!

Terry Dunn February 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

My husband hunts our meat for us, we also process it to watch the quality we are eating. I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and became even more aware of the things we eat, I switched to organic dairy products. I to stare at those styrofoam flats and think of the quality and price. I like you and read your blog and facebook often. Thanks!

Jessi Ely February 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I just liked you on FB… But not to win a book. Just ’cause I actually like you & should’ve made it ‘FB official’ sooner. :) haha

Juanita Garcia February 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Just liked you on facebook. I love your blog, thank you for the great posts.

To be a more thoughtful eater and more awake human being!

Alya H February 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I liked you on Facebook and I like your blog here :)

Amy Tong February 23, 2012 at 3:39 am

What a fun giveaway! I “liked” your Facebook page. Can’t wait to find out more…hm…I’m going to hop over to the “win a trip to Alaska with me” link! BRB! :D

Michelle Sternberg February 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I just ‘liked’ you on facebook! Very cool blog. I love these types of books… have you happened to read ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ By Barbara Kingsolver? I haven’t read ‘Girl Hunter’ but sounds like it might be along the same thought process as AVM. :) Thanks for all your great posts…

Gayle Zawilla February 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I liked you on Facebook. You are an artist as well as a foodie!

Melissa February 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I “liked” you :)

Eric Loflin February 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

Just “Liked” you on FB…Just found this site, I love it!!!

Julie February 22, 2012 at 6:50 am

I would love to win.

Lana February 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm

How long has it been since I started following you on FB? A hundred, at least:) I admire Georgia Pellegrini, even though I have never hunted or fished in my life (one of these days, maybe?)

Sheila February 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I loved Georgia’s first book. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! She is a gem isn’t she! I have like you on Facebook ; D

Sara {onetribegourmet} February 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I like you, & liked you on FB! :) I would love to win a copy of this book, looks fab! sorry I have been MIA, sometimes life gets in the way, I will visit your beautiful blog more often! :) Enjoy your birthday sweets! xx

Fabiola donnelly February 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I love you description of what happened to you that day. I can relate, and I know her book would be such a great view of how we can make even the smallest changes in how we view food. One step at a time. I appreciate your giveaway. And liked you on Facebook! I already follow you on twitter, and thank you for the follow as well.

Julie S. February 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I liked on FB!

Deb Harris February 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I liked you on FB. Would love to win this,will definately read even if don’t win. My husband & his friends love hunting.

Phil February 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Like!

Susan Samson February 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I like Smith Bites on facebook! I would love to have a copy of this book, for I have nieces and granddaughters coming up that need to learn something besides fast food exists. thank you!!

Jennifer Kirby February 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Like you on fb.

Stephanie February 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Liked on FB. Such a great post. I have been hunting since I was a kid and it gives me such a greater respect for where my food comes from. I have been wanting to get this book for a while and honestly keep forgetting my B&N gift card when I go out or else it would already be in my hands and well worn. Thank again for the chance to get my hands on it.

Devon February 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I would absolutely love to win a copy of Georgia’s book! I am a hunting enthusiast and avid kitchen dweller. I fully agree with Georgia’s philosophy about food and believe hunting is the most organic food practice of them all. Pick me, please!
Devon
Also “liked” you on fb.

Farmer Ks Kitchen February 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to get our hands on this book! I have been eyeing it off for some time now. I just went over and liked your FB page. My dad hunts venison and I am yet to get my licence so I can go out and join him on those rare trips. – Katrina

Nikki February 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I liked you on Facebook. But I really liked your review of the book. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Kevin Krawczuk February 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Liked! Thanks for the chance!

Julie @BananasForBourbon February 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I like you on facebook! :)

Albert Quackenbush February 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I liked the page on FB. Great giveaway!

laura h February 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I liked you! :)

bob February 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Whooo hoop liked ya both

christina @ ovenadventures February 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

liked you on fb. this book is on my to read list for sure.

Cassie Tucker February 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I liked your site on Facebook.

Sherry H February 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Georgia reminds me so much of my husband’s grandmother. She loved to go deer and dove hunting all the time. I liked Smith Bites and of course I’ve already liked your site as well. Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes!

Amber February 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Ms. Pelligrini is a rare person in this world. She has not only taken the time to appreciate the world around her, but she has also shown incredible mindfulness of the people in her world. And that is truly rare these days.

I am interested in this Blog, too. I liked it on facebook and we’ll see what I can learn! :)

Ron February 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Posted you on facebook…great article!!

Nikki Wanner February 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

i liked you on facebook…

Nicole February 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Me me! I liked Smith Bites on Facebook. I love Georgia and her book is on my “wish list”!

MaryBeth February 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I would so love to win this! I already LIKE you…a lot…on FB

Georgia Pellegrini February 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for such a thoughtful post Deb. It means a lot to me. I’m grateful for women like you in the world as well. xox

Regina Mew February 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Sounds very interesting. I would love to read it too. Thanks!
ps I already like SmithBites!

Chelsea February 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

I liked both you and the post!

Bunkycooks February 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

I totally understand the disconnect with our food. It is actually very frightening how far removed we are from the source. It would be great to read about Georgia’s philosophy and revelation on this subject. BTW, I like you both on Facebook.

Christi P. February 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

I “like” you on FB…the book looks great. Thank you!!

Brian February 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

I totally already like you on Facebook! What a wonderful giveaway this is! Seriously… fabulous! This looks like a book I’d enjoy

Marnely Rodriguez February 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

I like you on FB! I’ve been meaning to get this book, sounds fantastic!

Megan Ramaley February 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

I all ready like Smith Bites on facebook! What a fun giveaway, this book sounds phenomenal!

Kelly Whitten February 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

I love your site, and I love Georgia Pelligrini. I have her first book.
I also like you on Facebook. It’s funny how I have come to rely on your 52 weeks of Sunday every week. Thank you for brightening my day.
Kelly

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