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Department Accepting Submissions for ‘Wild Maryland’ Recipes

Anglers, Hunters Sought for Cookbook Contributions

Photo of soups made with duck meat

Photo by Stephen Badger

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is putting out a call to all wildlife and cooking enthusiasts to submit their favorite recipes featuring Maryland species for possible inclusion in a cookbook. 

“Maryland is home to proud hunters and anglers; and is also known for its excellent cuisine,” said Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. “Creating a DNR cookbook will allow us to showcase our heritage and our way of life for years to come through recipes that can be shared and passed down.”

Submissions must include a list of required ingredients, preparation instructions, and feature a species found in Maryland. Submissions of recipes for invasive species are strongly encouraged. The addition of family anecdotes and a few words about the history behind a recipe are welcome. 

Please email your favorite recipes to for consideration. The deadline for recipe submissions is extended to March 31, 2020. A maximum of five recipes per person can be submitted for review. 

Recipes will be reviewed by a panel of department experts and cooking enthusiasts, using the following criteria: 

  • Is the recipe complete? Does it include all of the information necessary to make the dish?
  • Does the recipe feature a species found in Maryland?
  • Is the recipe easy to follow?
  • Are there duplicates of the same recipe?

Selected recipes will be featured in a new DNR cookbook, ”Wild Maryland.”