Embarking on a culinary adventure that stretches beyond the familiar kitchen walls, Jesse Griffiths, a renowned chef and avid hunter, takes us on a profound journey from the thrill of the turkey hunt to the intimate process of crafting a meal from nature's bounty. This expedition, elegantly chronicled in "The Turkey Book," is more than a mere compilation of recipes; it's a narrative woven from the fabric of the great outdoors, shared camaraderie, and a profound respect for tradition.

In this podcast episode, host George Blitch and Jesse Griffiths invite us to pull up a chair and immerse ourselves in a conversation that delves deep into the essence of hunting and cooking wild turkey. They recount tales from various American terrains—ranging from Jesse's 4 turkey hunts last season in the cypress swamps and palmettos of Georgia, to the snowy peaks of Oregon, down home in rich Oaks of Texas, to the northern hardwoods of Eastern Connecticut—offering a rich tapestry of experiences that shape both the hunter and the chef.

Jesse's expertise, honed through his ventures at Dai Due restaurant and New School of Traditional Cookery, is palpable as he recounts the adrenaline-fueled moments of the hunt and the meticulous process of preparing a feast worthy of the game he pursues. He imparts wisdom on the art of patience, the nuanced decision-making that hunting demands, and the transformative power of cooking over an open flame, or in the kitchen, sharing rich and rewarding recipes with family and friends.

The conversation transcends the act of hunting, emphasizing the significance of conservation and ethical practices that honor the land and its creatures. Jesse and George highlight the role of organizations like the Texas Wildlife Association and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, in nurturing local ecosystems, reinforcing the symbiotic relationship between hunters, chefs, and conservationists, as well at the National Wild Turkey Federation, and all they do at a national level, across the country.

Throughout the episode, listeners are treated to Jesse's infectious enthusiasm for every aspect of the turkey hunt and versatile meals you can enjoy after some success in the woods! Each section of the book reveals secrets of the craft, from navigating varied landscapes to maximizing the culinary potential of every part of the turkey. The discussion serves not only as a guide for fellow enthusiasts but also as an invitation for novices to explore the multifaceted world of turkey hunting and cooking.

As the conversation wraps up, we're left with a newfound appreciation for the process that brings the wild turkey from the field to our tables. Jesse's passion for sharing this experience shines through, encouraging us to find joy in the journey, the camaraderie, and the stories that each hunt inspires. This podcast episode is more than just an exploration of a chef's seasonal pursuit; it's a tribute to the natural cycle that connects us all to the food we eat and the earth we cherish.

With "The Turkey Book," Jesse Griffiths offers a masterclass in the artisanal alchemy of wild game cooking, reminding us that the true essence of a meal lies not just in its taste but in the reverence for the process that brings it to fruition.

So, join us in this celebration of the wild, the culinary arts, and the stories that make every meal an adventure. Happy Hunting and Happy Cooking, folks!

You can now pre-order* “The Turkey Book” at:

*ships out in March

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