Although we haven't been cooking as much as we'd like, we've been busy with our upcoming book!! Titled Hunting for Food: Guide to Harvesting, Field Dressing and Cooking Wild Game, our book will be released on July 15, 2015 by F+W Media, Inc. The cover will look more or less like the one on the left. It will be 175 pages long and will include step-by-step photos on how to hunt/catch, clean and butcher 13 different species, including deer, wild hog, rabbit, squirrel, wild turkey, quail, dove, pheasant, waterfowl, game fish, turtle, frog and crayfish. Cooking tips and some recipes will be included at the end of each chapter.
We had 9 months to write this book, and it was one of the most challenging, stressful and frustrating projects we have ever taken on in our lives. We had to photograph most of the book, and when the animals don't cooperate when you hunt them, they most likely won't cooperate when you want to take their picture! Considering the limitations we had with staying within legal hunting seasons and our deadline, there were moments when we wanted to rip our hair out. We worked right up to the deadline, and we were still trying to get the right photographs and game with only a few short weeks left. There were lots of hours on the road, blood, sweat, tears and late nights, that I can't tell you the ecstasy I felt when we finally turned in our full manuscript to the publisher last fall. Although Rick did not feel the same way, I had no desire to go hunt or fish for weeks after that. Honest to God, all I wanted to do was go to the mall.
|Going out to catch crayfish in central NE.|
But then it happened. Late last month, our editor Chris Berens sent us the proof of Hunting for Food in its entirety, that he and his team have been quietly, diligently piecing together. When we opened that e-mail to view the files, a second sigh of relief came-- one of great joy and pride. The editing and the layout was everything that we had hoped for. And thank goodness! The book reads like we know what we're talking about. Writing a book is much like a roller coaster with its highs and its lows. The first high was receiving the offer, and now the second was seeing our work come together in one cohesive piece. At that moment, all that time and effort we put into writing and shooting this book last year was worth every happy and disappointing moment.
|Sneak peek at a couple pages from Hunting for Food.|
We believe that you will like this book. It's got hunting/fishing tips, full color step-by-step photos of how to field dress and butcher each species, cooking tips and a couple recipes at the end of each chapter. Hunting for Food focuses mainly on hunting, cooking and eating from the resources that may be found around you. It's short and sweet, not long-winded, and will serve as the perfect field guide to throw into your camper or pack when out and about. The book will make a great gift for beginner hunters or experienced hunters who need cooking tips and ideas. We can't wait for you to see it.
Thanks to all those who have been following and supporting our blog. We couldn't have done any of this without your enthusiasm, because it's you that inspires us to continue cooking and writing.
Rick and Jen