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The expert guide to cooking with game

It has a reputation for being hard to prepare and difficult to get right, but most game is actually simple to cook, even if you’re new to it. It’s a seasonal food linked to hunting, a pastime of the wealthy, so game dishes were traditionally elaborate affairs, but they needn’t be. Here are some simple recipes ideal for cooking at home, and a couple of more challenging ones that I’ve adapted to make more practical for the home kitchen.

MEET THE CHEF

Jacob started his cheffing career in the kitchens of Moro in London during his university holidays. Next he did a stint at San Francisco’s famous Boulevard restaurant, before returning to London and helping chef Oliver Rowe open Konstam restaurant in King’s Cross. He struck out on his own in 2008, opening Bocca di Lupo in Soho with his partner Victor Hugo. The restaurant, which serves regional cuisine from across Italy, flourished and two years later the pair opened Italian-style gelateria Gelupo just across the street. Their latest venture, Vico, champions the food of southern Italy. Jacob is the author of two cookbooks,

The Geometry of Pasta (£16.99; Boxtree) and Bocca (£30; Bloomsbury).

WINE PICKS

By Susy Atkins, drinks editor

Red wines make by far the best partners for all these dishes. And classic European reds win out – New World reds tend to taste too brightly fruity. The slightly savoury, peppery notes in a Rhône red such as chateauneuf du pape are spot on with game pie and venison ragù, while Bordeaux’s firmly structured clarets from the Médoc are another good option here. If you prefer a lighter, fresher tasting red, turn to Tuscany’s sangiovese red grape (as in Chianti) – cherryish, medium-bodied and especially good with roast pheasant and wild duck.

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Wild duck with grapes and radicchio, p66

Wild duck with grapes and radicchio

SERVES 2. HANDS-ON TIME 30 MIN, OVEN TIME 20 MIN

" Several kinds of wild duck are hunted in the UK – mallard, teal and wigeon among others. Mallard are the most common; most butchers and many good supermarkets stock them in season. They have a rich, gamey flavour, which most people who like farmed duck will enjoy. In my opinion, all wild duck should be served medium-rare. Cook them any more and they start to take on a livery flavour and dry texture. Served pink they are sublime."

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As the nights draw in, October’s delicious. brings comforting cheer with Jacob Kenedy’s guide to game cookery, Debbie Major’s best recipes using beer and Maria Elia’s favourite moussaka. You’ll also find Halloween snacks, chocolate cinnamon buns (yum!), guilty pleasure puds (lots of chocolate), Italian midweek suppers, Middle Eastern vegetarian meals and breakfasts to leap out of bed for. Plus (cue fanfare!), editor Karen Barnes reveals the Produce Awards 2016 winners.
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