February 27, 2020 – 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 Recipes.DNR@maryland.gov for consideration. The deadline for recipe submissions is March 7, 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.”

Photo by Stephen Badger