Hunt, Gather and Cook – First Hand with Hank

Sacramento based Hank Shaw, author of the recently released book Hunt, Gather, Cook – Finding the Forgotten Feast will share his experiences in the field, garden and kitchen Saturday June 11 at Café Bernardo.  Shaw, a journalist, former cook and man behind the award winning blog Hunter, Angler, Gardner, Cook is sure to delight his audience in a lively in-person discussion with journalist Elaine Corn.

The Sacramento area has a plethora of food items growing wild.  If there is anyone who will uncover them, it will be Hank.  Not only does he forage for the obscure beyond organic and grow the less common in his garden, he regularly hunts and fishes for his food, making diverse dishes which can be found with recipes on his blog.

I had the pleasure of enjoying an unforgettable Shaw cooked duck dinner last winter.  It began with a variety of pickled items, sausages, mustard and the best Landjäger I’ve ever tasted, all home made of course.  The duck pâté was dark chocolate-like in appearance.  Its taste happily remains imprinted on my mind.

This was followed by greens from his garden with a duck fat based vinaigrette and duck consommé, which was sublime.

It is a good thing I like duck, lots of it.  Stinging nettle pasta tossed in truffle scented duck fat then topped with shaved white truffles- need I say more?

He changed it up with a seared goose breast main dish.  This he placed on sunchoke puree, which included duck fat and cream.  The finish was duck demi sauce and pomegranate seeds.

Shaw in Action

I left full and speechless with a frozen duck and goose in hand.  Make sure you don’t miss this talk on June 11.  He might share some secrets!

Date: Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Cafe Bernardo Midtown, 2726 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA.

Admission is $15 or $30 including a signed copy of the book, the conversation, food and drink.  To reserve a space call (916) 768-6077 or email

Proceeds benefit Friends Around the Table, MatrixArts Kids in the Kitchen and FoodTalk@the Library.

Here is a recent New York Times review of his book by Sam Sifton.

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