"I recognized that Michael Hunter knows what he is talking about the minute I opened this book. Hunter is the kind of guy--and the kind of work--that you get when you combine passion, creativity, inventiveness, and elbow grease. This book makes me hungry, and Michael Hunter makes me proud to be a hunter and angler."
--Steven Rinella, outdoorsman, host of the TV series and podcast MeatEater, and author The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook
Well-known hunter and respected wild-game chef, Michael Hunter, grew up in the great outdoors. Inspired by the endless bounty of the land, hunting, fishing, foraging, and cooking is a way of life for Hunter.
Celebrating the resources of the wild, The Hunter Chef Cookbook features a collection of over 100 recipes and butchery guides, and stunning food and landscape photography. The book includes recipes for cooking big game, from moose and bison, to white tail deer and wild boar. Common small game features include wild turkey, duck, wild goose, ruffed grouse, as well as rabbit and squirrel. Fresh-water and salt-water fish recipes feature pickerel, wild salmon, rainbow trout, prawns, scallops, and more. A seasoned forager, Hunter offers an array of savoury and sweet recipes, incorporating wild ingredients, everything from mushrooms and leeks to sumac and berries.
MICHAEL HUNTER is a Canadian-born professionally trained chef, co-owner of Antler Kitchen & Bar, a hunter, forager, husband, and father. Michael began cooking at the early age of thirteen and fell in love with food and the restaurant industry. Growing up on a horse farm, Michael has a natural connection to nature. An honours graduate of the Humber College Apprenticeship Chef Program obtaining his Red Seal, he has worked for some of Canada's top chefs and kitchens. In 2015, Michael and Jody Shaprio opened the restaurant Antler Kitchen & Bar to great acclaim. Since then, Hunter has been invited to cook at culinary festivals around the world including the United States, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Russia, and Brazil. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
One of Eat North’s “favourite Canadian culinary books of 2020”
Praise for The Hunter Chef Cookbook:
“[A] profound read that dispels common myths and misconceptions on the art of hunting for food, how the differences between trophy hunters and those who are putting food on the table is as vast and deep as the ocean. Hunter draws deeply from his decades-old experiences to bring awareness of the importance of sustainability and wild game hunting, along with proper foraging and fishing.”
“I recognized that Michael Hunter knows what he is talking about the minute I opened this book. Hunter is the kind of guy—and the kind of work—that you get when you combine passion, creativity, inventiveness, and elbow grease. This book makes me hungry, and Michael Hunter makes me proud to be a hunter and angler.”
—Steven Rinella, outdoorsman, host of the TV series and podcast MeatEater, and author The MeatEater: Fish and Game Cookbook
“In The Hunter Chef Cookbook, we can learn the real value of nature from a master in foraging, fishing, and hunting.”
—Alex Atala, award-winning chef, restauranteur, and author of D.O.M.: Rediscovering Brazilian Ingredients
“Michael Hunter is one of Canada’s leaders in drawing awareness to the importance of wild game and cooking sustainably across our country.”
—Jeremy Charles, chef, restauranteur, and author of Wildness: An Ode to Newfoundland and Labrador
“Hunter gatherer, hunter naturalist, hunter chef—the perfect ingredients for both culinary freedom and a purity of life that so many people are searching for in today’s mass produced world. In The Hunter Chef Cookbook, Michael Hunter shows us the pathway to delicious and wholesome living. We just need to follow his lead and cook his inspiring recipes.”
—Jim Shockey, award-winning outdoor writer, TV producer and host, and wilderness guide and outfitter