Author to sign copies of hunting cookbook
CAMBRIDGE — Local chef Vicky Mullaney will be signing copies of her new cookbook, “The Lodge at Black Pearl Cookbook: Raising and Feeding a Hunting Family,” from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at The Bay Country Shop in Cambridge.
Along with her family, Mullaney owns and manages the Lodge at Black Pearl Farms, a waterfowl hunting lodge that she said attracts guests from all over the country to enjoy each other’s company and the rich traditions of the Chesapeake lifestyle.
Mullaney’s book is more than just a collection of recipes, it’s her life stor y.
“My book is a cookbook and a story,” Mullaney said. “It’s the stor y of why I cook — the story of my life as a mother, my outdoors life, and my life running the Lodge at Black Pearl.
“The recipes in the book are really a reflection of all these experiences,” she said. “Raising five children, I learned to cook for a busy household, developing healthy, simple and tasty recipes that could be prepared in short order as our lifestyle demanded.
“The Lodge at Black Pearl Cookbook reflects how we live, eat, and entertain ‘Chesapeake style,’ she said. “It includes recipes for wild game, fresh seafood, and the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the Delmarva Peninsula. It is filled with recipes that I have been preparing for over 30 years, and many of the recipes I have developed to feed our friends who join us from all over the country each year.”
In addition to her tried and true recipes, Mullaney has included new recipes and a few that were shared with her by friends.
“I find that hunters love to share a good recipe,” she said. “I have included several game recipes from an artist friend and a wonderful beef tenderloin recipe given to me by our friend and French chef from Virginia.”
It took two years to write the book, after five years of encouragement from her husband, Stephen.
Mullaney’s family has been coming to the Eastern Shore for nearly two decades, spending every hunting season at Black Pearl, then known as Tobacco Stick Lodge. They finally made Maryland their home seven years ago, when they bought the lodge.
“First and foremost, Black Pearl is about family,” Mullaney said. “We bought this place with our family and future generations in mind. Waterfowl season runs from the middle of November until the end of January, but living on a waterfowl farm requires year-round work and a unique skill set.
“I can butcher a deer. I grow oysters and farm,” she said. “I drive tractors and dump trucks. I also brush blinds, run boats, split firewood and help with the dogs. The bottom line — it’s not just about the cooking. It’s just a great life.”
Also upcoming, Mullaney will interview on So What’s Your Story podcast, to air on WSDL Delmarva Public Radio 90.7 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. There will be an additional book signing at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.
For more information, or to purchase the cookbook, visit www.lodgeatblack pearlcookbook.com.
“The Lodge at Black Pearl Cookbook: Raising and Feeding a Hunting Family” is Vicky Mullaney new book.