Book Review: Meat Eater by Steven Rinella


Rating: 3.5/5

In Meat Eater, author Steven Rinella share 10 hunts which have shaped him into the person he is today.  He tells of hunting trips with his older brothers and father, growing up outdoors, and the impact being a hunter has had on him.  More than just hunting, though, Rinella explores the history of hunting on humanity and the ethics of hunting.

My favorite parts were the tasting notes at the end of each chapter. I lived in New York City for a year, and was utterly amazed when I read that living in Brooklyn, he’s actually caught and ate squirrels.  Also, I was under the general impression that humans don’t eat predators, so was in for a shock when he discussed eating mountain lion.

Although some areas I thought were overly detailed (setting up snares), Rinella’s love of nature and hunting is apparent.  I admire his self-sustaining/self reliant lifestyle, and the fact that while making his views known, he was not preaching or adamant about trying to change other people’s opinions. 

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