I already have three of John’s books so I figured it was only fair to buy a few of Eilleen’s. Just placed my order for two of them!
Smart man! I bought A Slice of the Wild last year and have really enjoyed many of her recipes. I just got my copy of Sausage Season last week; Eileen answered several nagging questions with good clear explanations in the intro section of the book, answers I couldn’t find anywhere else (and I’ve bought several sausage books over the past 2 years!). This is an outstanding book.
I’m buying a couple more copies of A Slice of the Wild for Christmas gifts this year.
Campfire Bob (on 24hourcampfire.com)
Campfire BobEileen’s Cookbooks:
Just received my copy of Slice of the Wild and it is excellent! Game handling is discussed with great detail and obvious actual knowledge. I need one for both of my sons who hunt, take good care of their game, and cook better than I do.
Please sign one to Jon and one to Troy. Thank you, Bob D.
Bob D.Slice of the Wild
Patricia V bought 3 copies of Slice of the WIld and added this request:
Would you please sign my copies? Thank you so much. I love this book. Started at the beginning and couldn’t put it down. Great Job!
Patricia V Slice of the WIld
I received mine in the mail yesterday and read it last night. Super book, reinforced some of what I had learned the hard way, but added quite a few things I didn’t know. I have been very successful with bulk sausage, but the stuffing has always been less than impressive. But with my new knowledge I think they will be fantastic. I am excited for some cold winter days to sample all the recipes. Please tell Eileen fantastic! CRS on 24hourcampfire.com
CRS on 24hourcampfire.comSausage Season
Got my two books yesterday(one is a gift). The recipe descriptions Eileen provides in her book came damn close to my eating some of the pages of the book. It’s all pretty embarrassing and I should know better, but the truth will out. Glad I got the book and I’m starting tomorrow to make some terrific food. By far the easiest approach is to making sausage without a casing. Great food and easy to make. I’m all in, and delighted.
Steve C. Sausage Season
“This cookbook has the best treatment for handling wild meat I have ever read. Recommended!…”
Jim DSlice of the Wild
I recently subscribed to the news. I had run into John and your writings and recipes a long time ago, probably in Gray’s Sporting Journal. In my mind there is a memory of an article on the 7×57 with a photo of a Ruger No. 1 leaning against a fence post. It was in some long ago article in some magazine that is now defunct. That article didn’t lead me to a 7×57 but it did lead me to a lot of single shot rifles. I don’t read many magazines these days but with the advent of the computer have spent some time on 24 hour Campfire and was pleased to see John’s input there.
I skimmed the issues of the news and then read all of them over the last few weeks. I made a batch of OMG cookies, learned the word obesagenic, read about my beloved .270 cartridge, your 100th big game animal, and enjoyed all those other wonderful articles.
I am embarassed I did not know about this sooner but elated that I found it. Thanks for a wonderful newsletter.
Stan H.Rifle Loony News
Eileen, What a great book! I ordered it for the recipes. I’ve butchered all my game animals for the last ten years to control the quality of the meat, so I was sure the butchering section would be of little use to me.
Boy was I wrong! The technique of cutting steaks off the bone looks great! I’ve read other books, and watched butchering videos online, but that was the clearest presentation I’ve seen!!! I can’t wait to try it.
Thanks for personalizing the book for me as well. when I’m finished reading it the first time, it will sit next to another favorite of mine, The Art of Wild Game Cooking.
MattSlice of The Wild (and that other classic, The Art of Wild Game Cooking, which is no longer in print.)
The books came two days ago. I struggled with which one to start. Decided on the “Queen of the Legal Tender Saloon” by Eileen. I could not put it down. Read it while walking to the lamb pen, on the quad, in bed, and frying eggs. I loved it, and it had a female protagonist, to boot.
I was amazed and enthralled and enchanted and enjoyed it immensely and wanted more.
Then I grabbed John’s :Born to Hunt and waded in. I knew reading hunting stuff brings out the critic in me and I also know John’s writing is the best, simply the best, ever since I found his first book on Plains hunting thirty years ago.
Book did not disappoint. I found a nugget in every chapter. My only desire to twist his wrist comes with my profane dislike for eating mule deer in November, Caribou anytime the rut approaches, and I wish more people in the business would say that it sucks beyond belief. It is a hard truth to talk about when we are also using words like “respect” for these great game animals. We have a weird connundrum here in B.C. You must salvage black bear meat. Now of course I know that you can eat it, but I don’t want to, more from a taboo standpoint that a taste issue. The critters are as abundant as parka squirrels in some places and cause huge damage to oat fields and the commercial honey industry, not to mention moose calves. Does respect demand a law that forces meat salvage to place of residence, where it is then legal to throw it out? Now those rutting mule deer are putrid, but maybe Eileen has a recipe that works – maybe curry in flour sacks dumped on a few ounces and roasted for a week while you sit naked with nothing but bread and water to build an apetite..
Whoops, I got sidetracked. I really meant to send this email to THANK you both for your wonderful writing and style and books and contribution to the archive of literature and lore and love.
Ken N.Queen of the Legal Tender Saloon, Born to Hunt and the putrid taste of rutting caribou...
I would like to share a story with you that involves John’s “Use a Rest” article (I hope that’s the correct title). Anyway, prior to last year’s elk hunt I shared the article with my wife Cheri. Well, a couple of days into the hunt we were working along a ridge. Cheri was out on point, Calli (my oldest daughter) was in the middle and I was hanging back a ways to keep other hunters from blundering into our hunt. I looked along the ridge and spotted the tell tale buckskin of elk ahead of us about the same time as Cheri and Calli drop into cover. With my binoculars could see that there were at least 5 critters and one was a spike. Since we had bull tags I figured Cheri would likely take a shot at the spike since this would be her first elk. I was in an exposed position so I hunkered down and waited for the shot…i could see Cheri was in a shooting position…and waited….and waited. Well, the spike wandered over the edge of the ridge and started down with a small group of cows. I crawled off the ridge and started working my way down trying to get a look at the spike…muttering under my breath about taking the shot. Unfortunately the wind and vegetation were working against me. I caught a glimpse of an elk butt heading down hill at an extended trot…no chance of getting a shot. So then I started working my way below the ridge to come up to Cheri and Calli from below. About the time I got even with them and made eye contact a bull lets out a scream. Damn, no wonder she didn’t take a shot at the spike! I can see Cheri in a sitting position with her rifle resting on a downed tree trunk. She’s looking through the scope…the bull is screaming…and..screaming…and…no shot…I’m thinking “pull the damn trigger will ya…you’re killing me”….and the bull fades off into the distance. Once the adreneline rush starts to fade I work my back up the ridge to Cheri and Calli. I ask Cheri why she didn’t shoot. Cheri says “I had a great rest like John described in his article but I couldn’t get a clear shot because a branch was in the way. I walked over to where she had been sitting and I looked at her and said “You know, you could have just stood up.” Rest anchored…
From A Reader
Just wanted to pass along a couple of “thank you’s” for Laurel. I was unable to get much time off work for this hunting season so Laurel hunted without me quite a bit. She was alone when she made a nice shot on a 5×5 bull Elk using the “lucky” .270 you passed on to her. Thank you #1.
Then when it came time to butcher that elk, and I wasn’t there to assist in the beginning, she remembered your book “Slice of the Wild”, and using it as a guide, got a great start on breaking down the elk into managable parts. Thanks #2! Of course, we constantly use the recipes from your book to prepare our wild game feasts, with many compliments from guests, even those who normally wouldn’t enjoy venison. Guess thats Thank You #3! Chuck
Chuck B. Slice of the Wild
I took my 7×57 Argentine Mauser out to test some loads this past Sunday morning, and was thrilled with the results. Until recently, I have been building loads with an old set of RCBS FL dies. I just switched to Redding , and the run-out on 150 grain Partitions dropped consistently to less than .005”. All groups were at, or under 1” at 100 yards, with one group down to .5”
I followed the techniques you described in your video, and greatly appreciate the results.
Tight Lines & Steady Crosshairs,
Tom McDAdvanced Handloading
Just saw this (Wild Bowl) on the 24hr Campfire – very excited! We really enjoy your insightful cookbooks.
When John and Eileen talk about hunting, game care and cooking, you need to listen.