Hank Shaw is well known to many of our readers as the honcho of Hunter•Angler•Gardener•Cook, a web site and Facebook page of surpassing excellence. Among many other topics, his site is chock-full of delicious mushroom recipes, such as Blewits with Pheasant, Cream and Brandy, Jaegerschnitzel with Chanterelles, or a personal favorite that I have made a dozen times, Italian Marinated Mushrooms Sott’olio.
Some of our community may also know Hank as the James Beard award-winning author of the wild-food cookbooks Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast; Duck, Duck, Goose:The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Waterfowl; and the forthcoming Buck, Buck, Moose:Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Other Antlered Things. The latter of these is already on the Amazon best-seller list for wild-game cookbooks, despite there still being a number of months before it is due to be published.
A few of us have even had the pleasure of getting out in the field with Hank for a mushroom foray, and benefited from his skill and knowledge as a forager and raconteur. Even the vegans among us would be well advised to make an effort to learn from him if they get the chance. We’re hoping to get him to return for a visit with the Arizona Mushroom Society one of these days, whether in our late summer and early fall mushroom season for a foray, or possibly for a lecture and cooking workshop during his book tour in January 2017.
Recently, Hank has begun branching out into the podcasting arena with a new production called Hunt Gather Talk. This 20-minute weekly show is available in a number of different formats including iTunes and Android, and is well worth the time if you want to bring up your foraging and food-preparation game.
One of his first podcasts, How to Get Started as a Mushroom Hunter, will be of particular appeal to our readers. It will be especially useful to those just starting out in the hobby, but even longtime mushroom hunters will find it edifying and entertaining. I thought it to be the best brief introduction to mushroom foraging I’ve ever run across. This man has a future in the broadcast industry if his days out in the woods are ever at an end.
I’ve learned that pretty much anything Hank puts out is worthy of attention from anyone who is interested in what he calls “Honest Food.” Click over to his website, push his podcast to your phone or iPod to pass the time on long drives, and take a look at his cookbooks when you get a chance; you will not be disappointed. And if you’re interested in seeing an Arizona date or two on his upcoming book tour, let me know and I’ll pass it along.