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Grand Valley alumnus stars in new Travel Channel series

Posted on January 07, 2011

Grand Valley State University alumnus Steven Rinella will star in a new Travel Channel series beginning Sunday, January 9, at 9 p.m.

Rinella, a Twin Lake native, graduated from Grand Valley in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in English, Language and Literature. He then headed to Montana to build a career as an outdoor and adventure travel writer. Since then, Rinella has written for many of the nation’s top publications including the New York Times, Outside, Men’s Journal, and Field and Stream.

The Travel Channel series, “The Wild Within,” will include eight weekly hour-long episodes in such diverse locations as Alaska, Hawaii, Guyana and Scotland, among others. As in his writing, Rinella’s series will focus on the food angle and his hunting expeditions.

As stated on the Travel Channel website, “Through his books, Steven explores the exciting, inspiring, and often dangerous world of the modern-day hunter-gatherer. The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine chronicles Steven’s year-long quest to hunt and fish for the necessary ingredients to prepare a 3-day, 45-course feast from French master chef Auguste Escoffier’s ‘Le Guide Culinaire.’ His ‘shopping list’ included an antelope’s bladder, a stingray, the smoked ham from a black bear and a baby street pigeon."

In 2008, Steven penned the award-winning American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon. He wrote about his personal story hunting for a buffalo in the frozen wilds of Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains. The book is an ode to wilderness and a tribute to America’s greatest and most symbolic beast.

For more information, visit the website, Meet Steven Rinella.


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