Garden & Gun?

IMG_1195I’m not really sure why this copy of Garden & Gun was in my doctor’s office, a gay, urban, Manhattan medical clinic. It looks like my doctor (who has a subscription) must be a garden and gun enthusiast?

After further investigation I see that it is a lifestyle magazine that has lots of articles on cooking, travel, design and hunting.  Still I find their name unfortunate as it reminds me of the new infamous rant of that crazy (dare I say insane guy) a Southerner as well I might add, who yelled at Piers Morgan about how if he (Piers is British) wants to be a real American he should come visit and they can go out shooting.  Somehow after living in America for 26 years and becoming a citizen I have yet to be asked to take a shooting test.  I don’t think of guns and shooting as being a fundamental American quality.    More to the point and the reason why I even bring it up here, is that I think hunting, particularly hunting invasive or over-populated animals, especially if you are going to eat and use what you kill, is something I totally support.  What I don’t understand is the inability for so many gun owning Americans to understand the difference between going out and killing a deer and the need to have an automatic weapon.  I mean it’s not like you want to go into the woods and mow down an entire flock of ducks, most people, historically have been happy with a few.

Hard to watch but if you haven’t seen this, well it is a good lesson on who the pro gun lobby are:

And the corollary to this would be Jon Stewart:

Finally, yes I know this is a Food blog so why am I even mentioning this here?  Well in part because I kind of loath those sites that are just about pretty food, for me food is always in a context of how we live, where we live and how that affects what kinds of food we have available to us to cook.  Hunting is part of that and at this particular historical moment in American life it is hard to talk about guns and not address the current issues at hand.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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