Our Top 10 Favorite Books for this Summer

Looking for a go-to summer book list? We’ve got you covered. Our Hunt To Eat Team put together a list of their favorite past reads and what they are currently reading, centered around hunting, conservation, food, and community.

 

1. The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance by Tovar Cerulli

Picked by: Katie DeLorenzo

 

2. Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal by Jennifer McLagan

Picked by: Todd Waldron

Here you have a mainstream chef who's not in the hunting community, but has a lot of great advice for utilizing the whole animal - an ethic we can all embrace. Lately, I’ve been inspired to branch out from my normal go-to hunting content providers / authors / podcasters, etc., and try to assimilate broader content back to what we love and support. That's why I'm excited about this book.

 

3. Yearning Wild by R. Glendon Brunk

Picked by: Mahting Putelis

This book spoke to me as I tried to understand my place in a big world. It aligned my thoughts to the importance of wild places.

 

4. The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Picked by: Michael Cravens

 

5. The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors by James Edward Mills

Picked by: Courtney Nicolson

Picking up a copy of this book, I wondered why I hadn't thought to seek out books about diversity, or lack thereof, in the outdoor space before. As I turned the pages I learned about people who paved the way in this community we love; and wondered why did I not know many of their names.

I think the quest for knowledge starts with raising your hand and saying,  Hey, I don't know enough about this topic, but I want to catch up right now. The Adventure Gap tells the story of the first all-African American summit attempt on Denali, as well as the Buffalo Soldiers' role in protecting the burgeoning National Parks, which later became the Park Service. If we are to close the gap, we need to all learn, share, and celebrate these stories.

 

6. My Life As Told By Water by David James Duncan

Picked by: Josh Mills

The author speaks to my awakening as an angler and a conservationist.  The guy is so on point, it’s like his growing-up narrative is written for me.

 

7. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Picked by: Jess Johnson

This book defined in a big way how I speak about the landscapes and places I love. Braiding Sweetgrass speaks to the part of me that knows I am part of a place. It connects the world through the knowledge of plants and the ethos of reciprocity...the concept that for everything we take, we also must give.

 

8. The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

Picked by: Jess Johnson

The Moth Snowstorm speaks to the concept of joy and how absent it has been in our movement for conservation. It reminds us that while science is vitally important, first we must show people the joy and the adventure to get them to connect and care about the facts and figures.

 

9. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Picked by: Michael Cravens

 

10. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Picked by: Michael Cravens



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