Podcast: Episode 13, Aging Wild Game, Kitchen Knives, and Lavash the Cookbook with Ara Zada

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Special Guests

Ara Zada: Field Staff Writer for Harvesting Nature

Born and raised in Los Angeles Ara Zada is a chef, author, TV personality, food stylist and avid bow hunter. He has worked with Outdoor News, PBS, Food Network, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, Jaime Oliver Food Foundation and a range of others. His first cookbook ‘Lavash’ was released Oct. 2019. When he’s not cooking, he’s shooting his bow, teaching his kids about the outdoors, training for triathlons and filling any available time with parkour. Follow Ara on IG: @arazada

Show Notes:

Beginning in the Culinary World

Beginning Hunting

Wild Boar Hunting and Processing

Meat Shortages

Comfort in a Full Freezer

PA Trout Opener Early

COVID 19 affects on Hunting and Fishing

Turkey Recipes

“Gamey” Tastes

What is “Gamey”?

Good Field Care Preserves Flavor

Aging Big Game

Aged Meat vs. Fresh Meat

Hanging Deer in Winter

Peasant Foods are “In”

Recipe Writing

Chef Knives and Knife Sets

Sharpening Platforms – Work Sharp

Treat your Knife like your Rifle

Modern Craft Knifemakers

Japanese Knives

Pairing Meats with Environmental Ingredients

Lavash the Cookbook

Armenian Culture

Lavash the Bread

Armenian Food

Buy Lavash the Cookbook

Follow Lavash the Cookbook


Prosciutto Wrapped Wild Turkey Cutlets

Grilled Mediterranean Antelope Steaks with Hummus and Israeli Salad

Mule Deer Carpaccio

Spinach Stuffed Wild Boar Loin with Arugula Pistachio Pesto
Venison Ricotta Meatballs with Alfredo Tagliatelle
Dove & Bacon Popper with Heirloom Tomato Chutney
Yellowtail Mango Habenero Ceviche

About the Podcast:

We are hunters, anglers, writers, and sometimes chefs. Our passion for the outdoor lifestyle motivated the foundation of Harvesting Nature which serves as a media outlet built to inspire and educate the outdoor expert and novice alike. Our podcast focuses on the technical side of cooking wild fish and game while also incorporating adventures and lessons learned from our pursuit of wild meat. Join us on our journey of Harvesting Nature.

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