Shooting: A Season of Discovery by Duchess of Rutland with Jane Pruden
Shooting: A Season of Discovery is a fascinating and revealing guide to some of the UK’s most significant shoots along with the people who shoot and work there. Co-hosting one of the country’s finest partridge and pheasant shoots with her husband the Duke of Rutland, the Duchess assumed she knew about shooting. However, talking to and watching every Gun, loader, beater and their dog – at their home, Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire – exposed a gaping chasm in her understanding of the sport and its relevance to our countryside.
Undaunted, she visited over twenty contrasting shoots, including: John Dodd’s grouse moor at Glenogil, Lord Barnard’s wild bird day at Raby Castle, and western Ireland for woodcock.
The book also includes recipes from generations of family favourite from the very kitchen at Belvoir Castle. Recipes such as: pheasant kiev partridge saltimbocca with peas and cream, roast mallard crown with soy and honey, smoked grouse and an old fashioned roast woodcock, which have all been cooked and updated by TV chef Mike Robinson.
Showcasing stunning photography, history, extraordinary anecdotes and accounts of some of the country’s finest shooting will inspire and educate country lovers, shooters and cooks alike.
The Duchess of Rutland is the chatelaine of Belvoir Castle – one of England’s great houses with a renowned art collection and accompanying sporting estate.
Jane Pruden is a freelance writer specialising in country life, field sports, heritage and food. She is a regular contributor to national magazines. Their previous title is the bestselling Belvoir Castle – A Thousand Years of Family Art and Architecture.
'...sumptuous coffee-table book, which provides a fascinating insight to the world of high-end game shooting and is packed with history, anecdote and great characters, illustrated with superb photographs by Charles Sainsbury-Plaice.' BASC Shooting and Conservation
'The looks of a coffee table book, but actually a fascinating read in which the Duchess of Rutland travels the country to join over 20 different shoots. Setting out from her Belvoir Castle home she embarks on a journey of enlightenment and during a shooting season takes in grouse and goose, gets soaked when hunting snipe, meets the wonderful people of Muck, gets a feel of just what makes everyone tick and, importantly, the contribution which is made to conservation, bio-diversity and well-being or rural communities. And how shooting gives a lot of pleasure to a lot of people from literally all walks of life. Well illustrated too with the excellent photography of Charles Sainsbury-Plaice. An early front-runner for Christmas.' Fieldsports