Friday, July 31, 2020

The Wild Game Instant Pot: 70+ Recipes to Make the Most of Venison, Turkey, Pheasant, Duck, Goose, Rabbit, and More!

The Wild Game Instant Pot is a tutorial and recipe collection for wild game by Beverly Hudson. Due out 25th Aug 2020 from Quarto on their Voyageur imprint, it's 160 pages and will be available in hardcover format.

This is an interesting and varied collection of recipes, well curated and written, combining the labor saving and control of the Instant Pot with dishes featuring game (with alternate proteins listed for each recipe if game isn't on the menu). The format is easy to follow and the layout is logical and progresses from a basic tutorial for using the instant pot to safety and some food handling tips.

The recipes are arranged thematically: Sandwiches, Soups & Chili, Big game main dishes, Small game mains, Gamebird mains, sides, and party recipes. The recipes have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard with metric/SI units in parentheses (yay!). Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store (apart from the meats, and those have alternatives listed). The appendices include a pantry list of staples, high altitude adjustments, adapting stovetop and slow cooker recipes for the Instant Pot, as well as a cross referenced index. There is no included nutritional information supplied in the recipes.

Almost all of the recipes are beautifully photographed. These are appealing "everyday special" recipes which are tasty and family-friendly (no kale smoothies between the covers of this one). This would make a really good selection for the smallholder, hunter, self-sufficiency folks, or anyone who wants to try some exotic but family friendly dishes.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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