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A Global History

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A Global History

Antelope and porcupines in Africa. Feral cats and wild goats in Australia. Deer, pheasants, and rabbits in the United States and Europe. These are just a few of the world’s game animals, or creatures hunted for food. Game has been central to the development of humanity and forms a core part of cultures—and meat industries—from the Amazon to the Arctic. But despite the ubiquity of its consumption, it has never been the subject of a culinary overview. Paula Young Lee rectifies this oversight in Game, describing the fascinating history of a food so diverse it ranges from luxury good to staple of the poor.
Describing how animals from quail and oryx to dormice were once so avidly pursued that they became semi-domesticated, Lee traces the rise and fall in the prevalence of hunting some animals, as well as illustrating how dishes like bear paws, reindeer pâté, and lark pie have seen their popularity come and go. She provides insight into the politically charged arena of hunting laws and discusses the customs and difficulties in hunting game for food, while offering up fun facts—such as how venison was once so coveted that cookbooks gave instructions for disguising beef as a counterfeit. Featuring unusual recipes for many little-eaten animals and cuts of meat, Game will be gobbled up by readers alongside a steaming bowl of rabbit stew.

152 pages | 40 color plates, 20 halftones | 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 | © 2013


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“As the latest in the elegantly produced Edible Series, Game is intellectually stimulating, necessarily concise, gorgeously illustrated (Cranach the Elder’s glorious ‘Stag Hunt’; exquisite Japanese prints; lustful Cruikshank cartoons), and of just the right size to stuff in a stocking.”

Times Literary Supplement

“A slim but fascinating volume. In five chapters, Young Lee provides a diverting synopsis on the history, eating, catching, and cultural significance of game. The book is brimming with facts, figures, and anecdotes.”


Table of Contents


1.            The Hunting of the Snark: A Brief Overview of Game

2.            The Culinary Crucible:  Of Law and Lusciousness

3.            It Tastes Like Chicken: Falconry, Trapping and Subsistence Hunting

4.            The Raw and the Cooked: Making Your Own Meat

5.            The Forlorn Table


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