January 25, 2012
Why Wild Game Should Matter in the Mainstream
By David Draper
Last Friday, at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, while waiting for the weekend shift of working girls to deplane, I picked up a bottle of water and some reading material for my flight home. On the rack, there were the usual periodicals that often make their way into my carry-on: The Atlantic (which my swollen head couldn’t fathom at that moment); Surfer (not really the inspiration I needed for a trip home to Nebraska), and Esquire (didn’t want to be seen reading a magazine with a picture of Bill Clinton on the cover).
What I did find was a copy of Saveur, a food magazine whose Jan/Feb issue annually lists their Top 100 people, places, and ingredients for the food-obsessed. The Saveur 100 issue serves as great inspiration in the kitchen and fuels many a daydream for food-related road (and plane) trips should I ever win the lottery. It’s the kind of best-of list where you’ll find meatloaf next to something called mugua ji, or a treatise on the Czech Republic’s microbrews matched with Frito Pie.
There is one omission from the 2012 Saveur 100: wild game. I have to say I held out hope that it would pop up as I turned each page, and was a bit surprised when it didn’t. If ever there was a year in wild game, this should be it. We’re following a stellar 2011 for game eaters—what with Hank Shaw pushing his book Hunter, Gather, Cook on a cross-country tour and Steven Rinella breaking mainstream with his Travel Channel show “The Wild Within”—now moved over to the Sportsman Channel rebranded as “Meat Eater”. This year, we’re off to a banner start, as you can’t escape Georgia Pelligrini as she touts her new book Girl Hunter on just about every talk show and morning program on TV.
How about you: Don’t you think it’s about time our way of eating makes it into the mainstream?