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When she's not out shooting elk, she's home mixing cocktails. Here, "Girl Hunter" Georgia Pellegrini shares her DIY style.
It might seem strange that a woman known as the Girl Hunter wants to teach the world how to make mozzarella in 30 minutes. But Georgia Pellegrini, the chef turned author and TV personality, sees both hunting and cooking skills as part of what she calls "manual literacy." To her, this means knowing how to do practical things the old-fashioned way, from changing a car tire and reading a compass to gardening (even on a city fire escape), preserving and upcycling leftover wine. Her new book, Modern Pioneering, tackles all the preindustrial domestic arts, "but in a modern, hipper way," she says.
When Pellegrini has friends over to the house she recently bought in Austin, she prepares dishes that reflect her DIY sensibility as well as the culinary skills she acquired while cooking at Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York. She bakes giant muffins studded with farm-stand strawberries and rhubarb; she turns foraged mushrooms into a delicious vegetable stew; and she makes Micheladas (the Mexican cocktail) with jalapeño-infused vodka instead of the usual beer. The recipes here reveal the Girl Hunter in her new element: at home with friends.