For anyone here who reads French, I thought I’d draw your attention to “Billebaude”, a fantastic new book-magazine (apparently known as a “mook”) published in France by Glénat. I received a copy of the first edition last week and have been reading through it over the weekend. It is beautifully produced, illustrated with specially produced artwork and photography, featuring articles by and about chefs, philosophers, writers, scientists, all around the topic of hunting.
The editor’s plan is that each edition should be built around a hunting-related theme, and for the first one this is venison/game meat, but you won’t find any recipes in here, or “how to” articles. “Billebaude” is unashamedly high-brow, and all the more enjoyable for it. I suppose it’s similar in concept to “Waterlog” in the UK, but as far as I’m aware there is nothing approaching this in Britain with regards to hunting. I daresay there is such a publication in the US, but I don’t know it.
Here is a selection of topics in this first edition:
- An interview with American author Jim Harrison
- An article on the widespread eating of bushmeat in West Africa
- XVIIIth century zoomorphic tableware for a time when new culinary techniques meant that for the first time, meat was presented in forms that bore no resemblance to the animal it came from and diners weren’t quite comfortable with that yet
- The philosophy behind vegetarianism and its’ history
- An article by a philosopher entitled “Hunting as a reasoned practice of cruelty”
- A creative piece on prehistoric hunting
It’s eclectic, doesn’t shy away from anything, beautifully illustrated and written, and worthy of success. If you read French, order a copy now!