Call of the Mild

"Her writing is evocative and inspiring, and it will encourage all manner of nature lovers to forge a deeper connection to their surroundings … These are the words of a true student of nature, and they’re sure to make even hunting skeptics wish they could join McCaulou on one of her dramatic treks through the woods." — San Francisco Chronicle

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"Eloquent debut memoir about a young woman’s transformation from a New York City urbanite into a small-town Oregon hunter with a conscience… A powerful story in which the author shapes a narrative of personal growth into a symbol of modern humanity’s alienation from the natural world." — Kirkus Reviews

"Lily Raff McCaulou has a good heart and a curious soul, and her story of learning to hunt touches every emotion in the spectrum. CALL OF THE MILD is powerful, well-told, and a great pleasure to read.” — Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia and Great Plains

"Definitely at the top of the heap of the recent array of books that explore our connection to land and food, McCaulou confronts everything you think you know about hunting and in doing so brings a welcome touch of humanity to a pursuit thought by many to be lacking exactly that." — Publisher’s Weekly

“Lily Raff McCaulou has done the hard intellectual work of actually thinking about why she’s hunting and what it means. A fascinating work, and a way into a debate often marked by obstinate close-mindedness on every side.” Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

“CALL OF THE MILD tackles a fascinating and complex subject: the ethics, experience, ecological implications, and, ultimately, importance of American hunting. Lily Raff McCaulou is such good company—articulate, thoughtful, funny, intelligent, fair-minded, and warm-hearted—that I would have stayed with her for many more pages, and then I would have happily gone hunting with her, something I had never once thought of doing. This is a deeply good book in so many ways.” — Kate Christensen, author of The Epicure’s Lament and The Astral

“If you have always wanted to try your hand at hunting, buying this book is a must. Lily takes you on a journey through the eyes of a novice growing into an experienced hunter, beautifully illustrating the excitement of being able to hunt the food that you eat in a sustainable way.” — April Bloomfield, chef of The Spotted Pig and author of A Girl and Her Pig

"In telling the story of how she learned to hunt, Lily Raff McCaulou shares the essential missing elements in the way we eat today: gratitude, joy, and responsibility. CALL OF THE MILD is a compelling and honest work, a truly worthwhile read for anyone who wants to shift their relationship to the food on their plate.” — Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry

CALL OF THE MILD puts into words the same kind of transformation from urban consumer to hunter-gatherer that many of us “adult-onset” hunters went through: The excitement, the doubt—the fear—and ultimately the satisfaction we derive from finding our food the way our ancestors did. Raff McCaulou knows as well as anyone that a meal won by hard work will always taste better than one bought in a store.” — Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast