Meat Eater - Steven Rinella

Meat Eater

By Steven Rinella

  • Release Date: 2012-09-04
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 453 Ratings)


“Revelatory . . . With every chapter, you get a history lesson, a hunting lesson, a nature lesson and a cooking lesson. . . . Meat Eater offers an overabundance to savor.”—The New York Times Book Review
Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, the son of a hunter who taught his three sons to love the natural world the way he did. As a child, Rinella devoured stories of the American wilderness, especially the exploits of his hero, Daniel Boone. He began fishing at the age of three and shot his first squirrel at eight and his first deer at thirteen. He chose the colleges he went to by their proximity to good hunting ground, and he experimented with living solely off wild meat. As an adult, he feeds his family from the food he hunts.

Meat Eater chronicles Rinella’s lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of ten hunts, beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age ten and ending as a thirty-seven-year-old Brooklyn father who hunts in the remotest corners of North America. He tells of having a struggling career as a fur trapper just as fur prices were falling; of a dalliance with catch-and-release steelhead fishing; of canoeing in the Missouri Breaks in search of mule deer just as the Missouri River was freezing up one November; and of hunting the elusive Dall sheep in the glaciated mountains of Alaska.
Through each story, Rinella grapples with themes such as the role of the hunter in shaping America, the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, the allure of hunting trophies, the responsibilities that human predators have to their prey, and the disappearance of the hunter himself as Americans lose their connection with the way their food finds its way to their tables. Hunting, he argues, is intimately connected with our humanity; assuming responsibility for acquiring the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processors, packagers, and distributors, is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.
A thrilling storyteller with boundless interesting facts and historical information about the land, the natural world, and the history of hunting, Rinella also includes after each chapter a section of “Tasting Notes” that draws from his thirty-plus years of eating and cooking wild game, both at home and over a campfire. In Meat Eater he paints a loving portrait of a way of life that is part of who we are as humans and as Americans.


  • Incredible

    By Dakota01!
    I’m from the western part of Colorado and I’ve been around hunting all my life and never thought much of the activity. Since watching Meat Eater on Netflix I have been absolutely fascinated with the history and the question and answers that come with hunting. Steve Rinella is amazing at fueling my understanding and desire to know more. This book is nothing less and even more than what I expected from him. A fantastic guy and a fantastic book. Even if you don’t enjoy the concept of hunting of have some kind of distain for the sport and those who partake, read this book. Not to change you mind but to grow in knowledge and understanding of the hunters mind and the reason conservationist like Steve Rinella do what they do. And if you’re a hunter and haven’t bought this book yet, what are you doing?! It’s Fantastic!

    By ReinWilliam
    Invaluable information, stories that make you feel like you’re there, and a true outdoorsman. I wish it were longer. Onto the next book!
  • Thee best podcast ever

    By Thee best podcast ever
  • Awesom read

    By afdfd1234
    For anyone who loves the outdoors, give this a read and you’ll find yourself lost in the great outdoors with Steve and his adventures
  • Great Book

    By A-mad86
    This was a great book to read. Steven did a great job painting a story. It felt as if I was with him on every hunt. I learned, laughed, and was entertained. Looking to read the next book I can find by Steven Rinella.
  • Great read.

    By cam_toyota
    Enjoyed each chapter with a little personal story, history lesson, and meal preparation ideas. Recommend the book for anyone
  • Jjjuh

    By WM ordisj
  • Fantastic Read for ANYONE!

    By CagLSU
    I’m no literary critic or journalism major, but I am an avid outdoorsman. As a matter of fact, I’m blessed enough to be writing this review from the beautiful rolling hills of central Mississippi on my hunting property. (Sitting in my camper listening to the wind buffeting and swirling while wearing a brimmed beanie.) Believe it or not, several months ago, a friend who has never taken an animal as his prey contacted me and told me I had to watch Meateater on Netflix. I obliged and was instantly hooked. To watch an outdoorsman “celebrity” who actually puts out a product that allows the outdoors to be the star is genuinely refreshing. After watching all I could I had to find more. I couldn’t put the book down. In a way, the words describing the events seemed more vivid than watching the show in HD. I finished the book some time ago and do apologize for just now getting to the review. I’ve since subscribed to the Meateater podcast and have, on many occasions, been scolded by friends and family to take the earbuds out and pay attention to my immediate surroundings. Tangent: I was able to harvest my first legitimate whitetail with a bow opening day this season. After cleaning the heart and wrapping it in in caul fat, I roasted it to a beautiful dark brown and relished as I dined on the flesh as well as the majesty. You’ve added flavor and depth to my outdoor experiences, and for that I am grateful. Rather than it being all about the kill, you show the world that the true outdoorsman does it for the pursuit, harvest, care and consumption. Your intelligent discussion and delivery on ALL topics involving the outdoors, including engaging criticism and naysayers, is what we need more of as an outdoor community. Please continue to explore the last wild places on the planet and let us know what they look like, feel like and taste like. There is no one doing it better.
  • Great Book

    By DanyAllStar
  • Excellent

    By Daddyphatsax304
    Well written .