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The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat: How to Source It Ethically, Cut It Professionally, and Prepare It Properly
The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat
How to Source It Ethically, Cut It Professionally, and Prepare It Properly
Hardcover      ISBN: 1603584684

Vermont-based master butcher Cole Ward delivers a comprehensive guide to whole-animal butchery that goes beyond conventional "do-it-yourself" books and takes readers inside the world of truly sustainable meat production. The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat demystifies the process of getting meat to the table, and its wide scope will be welcome to those who not only wish to learn the rudiments of butchery, but also want to understand how meat animals are raised, slaughtered, and marketed in a holistic system that honors both animals and consumers.

Written in Cole's unique voice of humor and simplicity, the book celebrates the traditional art of culinary butchery, introducing readers to stand-out butchers in America and Europe as well as a diverse group of farmers committed to raising the very best animals with respect.

The many methods of raising and finishing meat animals are clearly and thoroughly explained and compared, and sensitive issues like hormone and antibiotic use in meat production are assessed. Readers will learn all the terminology associated with meat and butchery, as well as the complexities of meat grading, carcass yield, marbling scores, and issues with inspection.

Also included are recipes, a detailed glossary, and more information on:

- The real definition, work, and role of a culinary butcher;
- The history and tradition of butchery;
- Meat: selecting your breed, grading and aging, tenderness, storing; and reheating;
- How meat gets to the table: farmers, slaughtering methods, stress, and animal welfare, the role of meat inspectors, cut sheets, what's legally allowed/not allowed when purchasing meat for further processing, keeping integrity in the local meat movement;
- Understanding the commercial meat food chain and recognizing deceptive practices;
- Processing your own meat: what you'll need, tools, safety, prep;
- Beef: domestication, terminology, how cows work, raising methods (grass, grain, etc.), meat-safety issues, hormone growth implants, antibiotics and feed additives, carcass yield and marbling scores, and a partial list of beef breeds;
- Cutting up a beef forequarter and hindquarter;
- Pork: domestication, terminology, raising methods, grading and inspection, and a partial list of pork breeds;
- Cutting up a side of pork;
- Sheep: domestication, terminology, raising methods, and a partial list of meat breeds;
- Cutting up a whole lamb;
- Chicken: domestication, terminology, how to cut up a whole chicken;
- How to make sausages;
- Value-added products: what they are and how they can help increase your bottom line;
- Your own butcher shop: size, equipment, display, marketing;
- A better way of thinking about meat: a holistic overview and some conclusions.

History buffs will delight in the chapter that traces the roots of butchery from pre-history to modern times, and meat shoppers will welcome Cole's description of what goes on behind the scenes at meat markets large and small. And, of course, new or aspiring butchers will find a well-illustrated slideshow on CD (included in the back of the book) with over 800 images on cutting up a side of beef, a side of pork, and whole lamb and chicken in more detail than is offered in any other book on the subject. Sure to be the ultimate resource on the subject of gourmet butchery, this book will change the conversation and help bring back a traditional art that is in jeopardy, but increasingly important in the local-food and ecological-agriculture movement.

Ruhlman's How to Roast: Foolproof Techniques and Recipes for the Home Cook
Ruhlman's How to Roast
Foolproof Techniques and Recipes for the Home Cook
Hardcover      ISBN: 031625410x
In this first in a new series of books focusing on cooking methods, an award-winning cookbook author, food writer, and online culinary expert explores one of the most fundamental cooking techniques: roasting.

Humankind has been roasting for millennia. The term originally referred to cooking over an open fire, usually on some kind of spit, and has evolved to describe cooking of meat or vegetables or even fruit in an oven, a dry heat (and usually high-heat) method of making things irresistibly appetizing.

Michael Ruhlman has developed a reputation for providing lucid, no-nonsense cooking advice as sharp as a good chef's knife. Of all our cooking terms, Ruhlman writes, saut ed, grilled, poached, broiled -- I believe roasted is the most evocative adjective we can attach to our food, conjuring as it does ideas of deep rich flavors and delicious browning.

Ruhlman's How to Roast combines practical advice -- what tools you need, staple ingredients to have on hand, how to get the most out of your oven -- with 20 original and mouthwatering recipes, chosen to showcase a wide range of roasting methods and results, from The Icon (roast chicken), to Monkfish Roasted with Tomatoes and Basil, to Roasted Peaches with Mint Cr me Fraiche. Dozens of color photographs offer step-by-step illustration as well as finished-dish showpieces.
The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook
The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470399120

Celebrate a half-century of Bon Apptit Editor-in-Chief Fairchild brings together more than 1,200 of the magazine's all-time favorite recipes in The Bon Apptit Cookbook. Packed with test-kitchen secrets, color photos, and more, it's the ultimate culinary companion.

Slow Fire: The Beginner's Guide to Barbecue
Slow Fire
The Beginner's Guide to Barbecue
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452103038

Great barbecue is as simple as meat, fire, smoke, and time. This ode to authentic meaty goodness gives barbecue beginners an essential guide to the tools, techniques, and recipes needed to make smoky, mouthwatering, fall-off-the-bone meats. And seasoned smokers will learn a thing or two, too Ray Lampe, a.k.a. Dr. BBQ, brings decades of expertise as a barbecue master, providing indispensable wisdom alongside 68 of the best recipes he has encountered in his long and wide-ranging career, from tantalizing mains such as Competition-Style Beef Brisket to lip-smacking sides such as Bacon and Blue Cheese Coleslaw. For both stove-top smokers and regular backyard grills, Slow Fire makes it easy to cook irresistible slow-cooked barbecue right at home.

Whole Beast Butchery: The Complete Visual Guide to Beef, Lamb, and Pork
Whole Beast Butchery
The Complete Visual Guide to Beef, Lamb, and Pork
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452100594

DIY fever + quality meat mania = old-school butchery revival Artisan cooks who are familiar with their farmers market are now buying small farm raised meat in butcher-sized portions. Dubbed a rock star butcher by the New York Times, San Francisco chef and self-taught meat expert Ryan Farr demystifies the butchery process with 500 step-by-step photographs, master recipes for key cuts, and a primer on tools, techniques, and meat handling. This visual manual is the first to teach by showing exactly what butchers know, whether cooks want to learn how to turn a primal into familiar and special cuts or to simply identify everything in the case at the market.

365 Ways to Cook Chicken
365 Ways to Cook Chicken
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060155396

Shares recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, casseroles, and main dishes which feature chicken, and gives advice on roasting, baking, frying, stewing, broiling, and barbecuing chicken

Pork Chop: 60 Recipes for Living High on the Hog
Pork Chop
60 Recipes for Living High on the Hog
Hardcover      ISBN: 145211367x

Pork chops are in And no one knows more about them than Ray Lampe. They are lean, easy to cook, and the perfect protein choice for everyday meals. These 60 mouthwatering recipes celebrate this beloved cut in all its glory, capturing the splendor and range of chops with all their porky goodness in new and inspiring dishes, from Balsamic and Vanilla-Glazed Pork Chops to Spicy Pork Chop Lettuce Wraps. With as many recipe choices as there are cooking styles--batter and fry, marinate and grill, simmer and braise--this cookbook is a vital addition to any kitchen where meat's what's for dinner.

Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys
Man Made Meals
The Essential Cookbook for Guys
Paperback      ISBN: 0761166440

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue Bible books have over 4.7 million copies in print--and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen. Like a Joy of Cooking for guys, Man Made Meals is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen.

Man Made Meals is about the tools and techniques (guess what, grillers, you still get to play with knives and fire.) It's about adopting secrets from the pros--how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It's about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it's about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It's about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure. These are recipes with a decided guy appeal, like Blowtorch Oatmeal, Fire-Eater Chicken Wings, Black Kale Caesar, Down East Lobster Rolls, Skillet Rib Steak, Porchetta, Finger-Burner Lamb Chops, Yardbird's Fried Chicken, Blackened Salmon, Mashed Potatoes Three Ways, and Ice Cream Floats for Grown-Ups.
Bacon Nation: 125 Irresistible Recipes
Bacon Nation
125 Irresistible Recipes
Paperback      ISBN: 0761165827

Everything tastes better with bacon. One of those flavor-packed, umami-rich, secret-weapon ingredients, it has the power to elevate just about any dish, from soups to souffle s, braises to bread pudding.


Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama know just how to employ it. Peter is the author of both Pig Perfect--a paean to the noble swine--and, most recently, Culinary Intelligence, which argues that the healthiest way to eat is to eat less but really well. He and Marie know that adding irresistible bacon transforms an ordinary dish into an extraordinary one.


Bacon Nation is a bacon-lover's dream, a collection of 125 smoky, savory, crispy, meaty, salty, and sweetly sensuous recipes that go right through the menu. Starters like Spiced Nuts with Bacon; Bacon and Butternut Squash Galette; Bacon, Pear, and Humboldt Fog Salad. Main courses featuring meats--Brawny Bacon Beef Bourguignon, Saltimbacon; poultry--Paella with Chicken and Bacon; fish--Flaky Cod Fillets with Bacon and Wine-Braised Fennel; and pasta, including an update of the classic Roman dish Bucatini all'Amatriciana. Even dessert: Rum Ice Cream with Candied Bacon Chips and Chocolate-Peanut-Bacon Toffee. Or, as Homer Simpson would say, Mmmm, bacon.

Meat: A Kitchen Education [a Cookbook]
Meat
A Kitchen Education [a Cookbook]
Hardcover      ISBN: 1580089925
Meat: A Kitchen Education is award-winning author James Peterson's guide for carnivores, with more than 175 recipes and 550 photographs that offer a full range of meat and poultry cuts and preparation techniques, presented with Peterson's unassuming yet authoritative style.

Instruction begins with an informative summary of meat cooking methods: saut ing, broiling, roasting, braising, poaching, frying, stir-frying, grilling, smoking, and barbecuing. Then, chapter by chapter, Peterson demonstrates classic preparations for every type of meat available from the butcher: chicken, turkey, duck, quail, pheasant, squab, goose, guinea hen, rabbit, hare, venison, pork, beef, veal, lamb, and goat. Along the way, he shares his secrets for perfect pan sauces, gravies, and jus. Peterson completes the book with a selection of homemade sausages, p t s, terrines, and broths that are the base of so many dishes. His trademark step-by-step photographs provide incomparable visual guidance for working with the complex structure and musculature of meats and illustrate all the basic prep techniques--from trussing a whole chicken to breaking down a whole lamb.

Whether you're planning a quick turkey cutlet dinner, Sunday pot roast supper, casual hamburger cookout, or holiday prime rib feast, you'll find it in Meat along with:

Roast Chicken with Ricotta and Sage; Coq au Vin; Duck Confit and Warm Lentil Salad; Long-Braised Rabbit Stew; Baby Back Ribs with Hoisin and Brown Sugar; Sauerbraten; Hanger Steak with Mushrooms and Red Wine; Oxtail Stew with Grapes; Osso Buco with Fennel and Leeks; Veal Kidneys with Juniper Sauce; Lamb Tagine with Raisins, Almonds, and Saffron; Terrine of Foie Gras; and more.

No matter the level of your culinary skills or your degree of kitchen confidence, the recipes and guidance in Meat will help you create scores of satisfying meals to delight your family and friends. This comprehensive volume will inspire you to fire up the stove, oven, or grill and master the art of cooking meat.

Winner - 2011 James Beard Cookbook Award - Single Subject Category