Meat Eater - Steven Rinella

Meat Eater

By Steven Rinella

  • Release Date: 2012-09-04
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 145 Ratings)
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“Revelatory . . . With every chapter, you get a history lesson, a hunting lesson, a nature lesson and a cooking lesson. . . . Meat Eater offers an overabundance to savor.”—The New York Times Book Review
Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, the son of a hunter who taught his three sons to love the natural world the way he did. As a child, Rinella devoured stories of the American wilderness, especially the exploits of his hero, Daniel Boone. He began fishing at the age of three and shot his first squirrel at eight and his first deer at thirteen. He chose the colleges he went to by their proximity to good hunting ground, and he experimented with living solely off wild meat. As an adult, he feeds his family from the food he hunts.
Meat Eater chronicles Rinella’s lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of ten hunts, beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age ten and ending as a thirty-seven-year-old Brooklyn father who hunts in the remotest corners of North America. He tells of having a struggling career as a fur trapper just as fur prices were falling; of a dalliance with catch-and-release steelhead fishing; of canoeing in the Missouri Breaks in search of mule deer just as the Missouri River was freezing up one November; and of hunting the elusive Dall sheep in the glaciated mountains of Alaska.
Through each story, Rinella grapples with themes such as the role of the hunter in shaping America, the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, the allure of hunting trophies, the responsibilities that human predators have to their prey, and the disappearance of the hunter himself as Americans lose their connection with the way their food finds its way to their tables. Hunting, he argues, is intimately connected with our humanity; assuming responsibility for acquiring the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processors, packagers, and distributors, is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.
A thrilling storyteller with boundless interesting facts and historical information about the land, the natural world, and the history of hunting, Rinella also includes after each chapter a section of “Tasting Notes” that draws from his thirty-plus years of eating and cooking wild game, both at home and over a campfire. In Meat Eater he paints a loving portrait of a way of life that is part of who we are as humans and as Americans.

Praise for Meat Eater
“Full of empathy and intelligence . . . In some sections of the book, the author’s prose is so engrossing, so riveting, that it matches, punch for punch, the best sports writing.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Steven Rinella is one of the best nature writers of the last decade. . . . This book was a page-turner.”—Tim Ferris
“Rinella’s writing is unerringly smart, direct, and sharply detailed.”—The Boston Globe
“A unique and valuable alternate view of where our food comes from.”—Anthony Bourdain


  • Killer book

    By Bon Honk
    Loved this book. Also love his other books and the meat eater show on Netflix. The meat eater podcast is fantastic as well.
  • Every boy's dream!

    By AdamPruitt
    At some point growing up as boy we all wonder what it would be like to live off the land. All the trips he has taken have all been fantasies of young boys growing up. Not being able to take those trips or live that way, this took me right back to my childhood pretending I was along for the trips. Great read
  • Best book I have read

    By Jacob 4/11
    Awesome book
  • Thank you

    By Morgcord
    Great book
  • Meat Eater!

    By Ckaffer
    Steve does a wonderful job of taking you along with him on his awesome journeys. A feeling of jealousy comes with each chapter! He also goes at great lengths to share his wonderful stories in a way that could better help a non-hunter understand his passion. All in all, a great read!
  • Bravo.. Epic book.

    By Aaron chaus
    Must read
  • Great book

    By Larry Halliday
    Another great read by Steven Rinella. He puts into words what it is like to be a true hunter in this day and age. If you enjoy his show you will not be disappointed in his writing. If you liked this book mad have not read American Buffalo. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
  • Well said...

    By N_lipe
    An intelligent argument supporting the time honored tradition/lifestyle of hunting and how that can hone personal relationships and growth. A refreshing, unapologetic message from Rinnella that would be effective at causing most anti hunters to pause and reassess their position, given they would simply read it.