March 23, 2009
Local blogger nominated for James Beard award

Hank Shaw hunts, fishes and gardens. Then he cooks all of his finds and discoveries. Finally, he writes about it all. And this is how his blog - Hunter Angler Gardener Cook - has come to be nominated by the James Beard Foundation for the best blog focusing on food, beverage, restaurants or nutrition.

Shaw works for the Capitol Morning Report, freelances about food, and teaches at California State University, Sacramento. But his true and unfiltered voice lies in his blog where he'll write about driving to Berkeley for a Mangalitsa pig head, the flavor combination of pheasant and pomegranate, or the difference between copper and lead ammunition.

At the core of it is what Shaw terms "honest food" - nothing packaged, in a box or wrapped in plastic. He prefers to eat meat he killed himself, and vegetables and fruits he either grew himself or picked up at a farmers market. And he really likes things people don't seem to eat anymore like venison or cardoons. "I have nothing against good grass-fed beef or a head of lettuce," he writes in his blog. "It's just that others are doing just fine writing about those foods."

Shaw's blog is one of three contending for the award. The other nominees are The BA Foodist from Bon Appetit, and Our One-Block Diet from Sunset Magazine. The winner will be honored May 3 in New York City with a certificate and bronze medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia.

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