Girl Hunter Promo Video & Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Recipe

by on December 12, 2011

This past Summer we traveled to Texas to film Georgia Pellegrini’s promo video for her new book, Girl Hunter. We were thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to work with Georgia. Have you heard of Georgia and her accomplishments or visited her site? If not, you should, she is amazing.

Georgia graduated from Harvard and worked in finance at Lehman Brothers in New York City. But something drew her to food and so she left finance and entered culinary school at The French Culinary Institute in New York City, where she graduated at the top of her class. To top off it all off, she went on to work as a classically trained Chef at some of New York City’s finest restaurants and also in France. It’s jaw dropping to just read of her credentials, but the most important factor in all this is that Georgia is the sweetest, smartest, down to Earth person  you’ll ever meet.

To leave such a high profile finance career and to return to food and the land is what Georgia is all about. Returning to the heart of food, back to the land and to re-connect with all that is important to Georgia about harvesting food is the soul of this talented woman.

Now her newest book, Girl Hunter is out and we were so honored to be able to shoot the promo for it. Georgia’s story is quite compelling and it’s inspiring to see someone choose such a different path from where she started.

Here is Georgia in her own words: “I hunt and gather myself, and hone my pioneer skills. I seek ingredients that are anchored to the seasons and a definite place. It is the kind of food once served in simple restaurants and in homes by housewives, now, by grandmothers, by families for generations, and today by people – culinary artisans – choosing to do the hard work required to live off the best their hands can produce.”

Those words are powerful and there’s so much more of her wisdom and honesty in her new book Girl Hunter. Treat yourself to a copy!

Promo Video we produced for Girl Hunter

Here’s an fantastic recipe that Georgia is sharing from her book: Buttermilk Fried Rabbit

Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Recipe

Yield: Serves 4.

Cook Time: 20 minutes

From the book Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini.  Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group.  Copyright © 2011.
Also try: chicken, turkey, squirrel, dove, upland game birds, or any other young game meat.

Ingredients:

  •  1 young cottontail rabbit, cut into serving pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 medium-size onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, or 1 teaspoon each of your three favorite dried herbs
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups grape seed or vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Soak the rabbit overnight in the buttermilk, along with the onion, garlic, herbs, paprika, and 1 teaspoon of the cayenne.
  2. Drain in a colander, leaving some herbs on the rabbit. In a large resealable plastic bag or in a large bowl, mix the flour with the garlic and onion powder and remaining 2 teaspoons of cayenne, as well as a pinch of salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat until a pinch of flour starts to sizzle when dropped in the hot oil, but not so hot as for the oil to be smoking.
  3. Place the rabbit pieces in the bag with the flour mixture and shake until thoroughly coated. Do this in small batches, dredging just enough rabbit to fit in the pan at one time.
  4. Add the rabbit to the skillet and fry on one side for about 10 minutes, until golden brown, then use tongs to turn the pieces over and fry for another 10 minutes, again until golden brown. Be careful to keep the oil hot enough to fry the rabbit, but not so that it burns.
  5. Remove the rabbit from the skillet and place it on a wire rack over paper towels. Season immediately with salt and pepper to taste, to help preserve the crispiness for the table. This is good served immediately or also good cold for lunch the next day.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 13, 2011 at 4:38 am

A friend of mine is good friends with Georgia and was at the recent GH Weekend and has said the same thing about her…that she has amazing credentials but is truly a down-to-earth sweetheart…that is fabulous!

And how cool that you two shot the video…it’s nice when good people get to work with other good people :)

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2 Brittany December 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

I love the video, It definitely makes me want to know the gal/buy the book! Awesome! It helps that I’m currently graduating with a BComm in Accounting yet am head over heels for the world of food and seasonal eating.. and soon going on exchange in Paris.. I think I need this book. :-)

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3 Deanna December 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

I love the idea behind her book. I’m hoping I will be getting it for Christmas, even though hunting is very much frowned upon in Orange County. The only time I’ve fired a gun was at an indoor range. I have some Cornish game hens just begging to be fried. I hunted for them at the Whole Foods in Tustin which is an adventure in and of itself.

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4 Deanna December 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m hoping I get this book for Christmas even though I would very firmly qualify as an indoor girl. In all fairness, Orange County isn’t exactly known for it’s hunting. I have some Cornish game hens in the freezer that I would love to be buttermilk fried. I hunted for them at Whole Foods which is an experience in and of itself.

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5 Connie / Marinating Online December 13, 2011 at 11:42 am

I am a huge fan of Georgia. Love the rabbit recipe. We live in the moutains above Boulder colorado and always love new ways to cook rabbit. I too have this book on my wish list.

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6 TheFromagette December 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Cool video – you guys did a GREAT job. Can’t wait to get the book!!

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7 Salt in Suburbia December 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Love it!

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8 Carie December 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Are those Bluetick Coonhounds? I have one of my own and you have inspired me!

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9 Georgia Pellegrini December 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Thank you so much Todd and Diane, I loved working with you more than anyone I’ve ever worked with. You have such a wonderful energy you bring to projects and I hope we can get together again very, very soon! xo

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10 Yvette - Muy Bueno December 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Wow! What a talented woman! Sheesh, she is awesome and your video is breathtaking. Beautful! Love how these book trailers bring a book to life.

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11 Susan in the Boonies December 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I can’t wait to tell my sister about this. I’m the home cook. She’s the Girl Hunter.

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