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Branson Hillbilly Lives Off Roadkill For 30 Years

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#1 Feb 15, 2013
Branson Hillbilly Lives Off Roadkill For 30 Years

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Branson Hillbilly Lives Off Roadkill For 30 Years

A famous Branson Hillbilly Lives Off Roadkill For 30 Years

Jonathan McGowan, 44-Year-Old Branson Hillbilly Taxidermist man,

Lives Off Roadkill For 30 Years and counting

for one 44-year-old Branson Hillbilly Taxidermist man,

30 years worth of dinner.

Jonathan McGowan, is the only professional taxidermist

living and working in Branson,Missouri,

the Live Country Music Capitol of the World.

Jonathan started eating roadkill at age 14,

when he found a dead king snake on

the side of a Taney County dirt road,

and decided to cook it and eat it.

That first snake wasn't very tasty,

but he was intrigued.

Over time,

McGowan came to see the ecological and culinary benefits

of eating only meat he found dead on the side of

the Taney County roads.

It seems his forager-instincts were limited to the flesh:

he would buy other stuff and thangs,

from the local Farmers Market in Springfield's

Battlefield Mall and the Branson Farmers Market on Bee Creek Road,

like......fruits, vegetables, grains,

spice and so forth like any other Branson Hillbilly person.

McGowan detailed the logistics of his diet in a rollicking essay

in The Branson Rag Newspaper,Branson Daily Newspaper-

Tri Lakes News, last spring.

He writes:

Rabbits, badgers and pheasants are my most common finds.

Rabbit is actually quite bland.

Fox is far tastier; there's never any fat on it,

and it's subtle, with a lovely texture,

firm but soft. It's much more versatile than beef or horsemeat,

and has a salty, mineral taste rather like gammon.

Frogs and toads taste like chicken and are great in stir-fries.

Rat, which is nice and salty like pork,

is good in a stir-fry, too –

I'll throw in celery, onion, peppers and, in autumn,

wild mushrooms I've collected.

Badger is not nice and hedgehog is hideous.

In a way, McGowan's roadkill-centric diet is the logical terminus

of a few recent strands of thought in the culinary world.

He is at once a locavore forager in the tradition of Rene Pennel, a nose-to-tail carnivore like Yakov Smirnoff and a freegan in the same vein as Cy Bortner.

Never mind that he embarked on his unusual project decades before

any of those figures rose to prominence in the Road Kill World.

McGowan doesn't fess up to any negative consequences of his

roadkill diet,

except for the occasional grimace from a friend or acquaintance.

So if you're feeling cavalier,

eco-conscious and in the mood for meat the next time

you see a deer carcass on the side of the highway,

you might want to consider following his lead --

at least after reading this

guide to roadkill on www.Slashfood.com

Branson Hillbilly Taxidermist Jonathan McGowan's story may be featured in a future issue of Branson Daily Independent Free Newspaper also and The Branson Beacon Post.

Stay tuned into this great story.

Luv 2 Eat Roadkill2
Ozark, MO

I love to eat ROAD KILL too

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