Steven Rinella is a famous American travel writer, outdoor television host and the author of several books including American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter amongst others.
Rinella’s hunting television series, MeatEater became first of its kind to be featured on Netflix and the adventurer went ahead to create the MeatEater Podcast that ranked number 1 in the “outdoor” category.
Out of passion and experience of the wildlife surrounding the US, Steven Rinella began to share his viewpoints and trivia on fishing, hunting, nature, wild food and wildlife conservation plus humor and irreverence. All of which is showcased on his MeatEater podcast.
The author describes himself as one who loves hanging out in the mountains of Alaska and eating things that died at his hands. Interesting, so let’s dig a little deeper to find out more about Steven Rinella.
Steven Rinella’s Biography
Steven Rinella was born on February 14, 1974, in Twin Lake, Michigan where he was raised by his parents, Rosemary Johnson and late Frank J. Rinella, along with his older brothers, Daniel and Matthew Rinella. As one who grew up around hunting and fishing, courtesy of his father, it’s no wonder he picked up outdoor talents. But besides catching his first squirrel at eight, or shooting his first deer at age 13, Rinella started reading books like the historical narrative and tall tales about the American wilderness, at a very young age.
He finished high school from Reeths Puffer in 1992 and four years later, he graduated with a college degree at Grand Valley State University in December 1996. Rinella is also a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana-Missoula from whence he jets off with a career in outdoor and adventure-travel writing and hosting.
Steven Rinella’s stepfather is Paul R. Johnson. His father, Frank J. Rinella died in 2002.
Rinella’s career in writing and television hosting has been a steady success from the beginning. His MeatEater weekly half-hour series is based on his hunting adventures within and outside the US and in locations such as New Zealand, Mexico, Montana, Alaska, Arizona, California and many others explorable areas.
In each show, the spirited author offers insight on the hunting lifestyle as well a defiant on hunters’ obligator-ship as stewards of the land and guardians of their chosen prey species.
The series which has completed its sixth season also includes preparing the game food and the art of cooking and preserving what was hunted.
Steven Rinella is credited with more than ten books which have brought him wide recognition and awards. So far, he is the author of:
1. The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1 & 2: Big Game & Small Game – released August 18, 2015 and Dec 1, 2015.
2. American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon – Sep 15, 2009
3. Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter – Sep 10, 2013.
5. The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler – Nov 20, 2018.
6. The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine – Sep 15, 2015
7. The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine – Mar 14, 2007
8. Grand Theft Cattle – 28 Apr 2011
9. Me, Myself And Ribeye – 22 March 2011
10. Buy The Seat Of Their Pants – 24 June 2011
In most of his books, Rinella narrates his lifelong relationship with nature; tells of his career as a fur trapper struggling with a fluctuating market price. More than writing his own books, the American Buffalo author is a frequent contributing editor for several top magazines including, Glamour’s How I Fell For My Complete Opposite, New York Times’ Down, Boy, Outside Magazine’s Go Big Or Go Home, O, The Oprah Magazine Grand Theft Cattle, etc…
In 2011, his book, The Wild Within was a James Beard Awards finalist for best Television Program, On Location; while his MeatEater was nominated for four Sportsman Choice Awards for Best Hunting Show, Best Host, Best Educational Show and Best New Series, in 2012.
In his New York Post, Steven Rinella gave four reasons why he loves hunting – because he enjoys it; for the peace of mind that comes from maintaining an interactive relationship with nature; to show his kids the practical benefits to hands-on self-sufficiency; and because the meal produced by his efforts tastes better than a meal produced by someone else’s effort.
Family – Wife & Brothers
Rinella’s marriage to his wife Catherine Finch inspired How I Met My Complete Opposite on Glamour page. The couple met during one of the meetings for the sales of his first book and Katie was the director of publicity at the book division of the Weinstein Company.
They got married on July 12, 2008, in a ceremony held on a Saturday evening in Fennville, Michigan and are currently enjoying a stable lifestyle as parents of three young kids.
Rinella and his brothers share a close relationship, which can be seen on the season 2 of MeatEater: Mountain Hunting. The travel writer described his older brother Matthew as an unstoppable force on the hunting ground. On separate occasions, fishing becomes a big adventure with his other brother Daniel.