I condense the manifesto's tenets here:
• Think about the meat you eat. Is it good enough?
• Think about the animals from which the meat that you eat comes. Have they lived well?
• Where do you get your meat? Might there be a different way of buying meat that works well for you...and give you a cleaner conscience?
• Think about the way you cook meat. Do you respect it?
• Are you adventurous with meat? Do you explore different tastes and textures?
• Are you thrifty with meat? Being creative with leftover meat means getting more from it.
In addition to some serious recipe action (with British leanings), the massive book contains a lot of the why's and how's that many cookbooks lack. This is one cookbook that reaches far and digs deep...it's been more of a nighttime read than a standing over the kitchen counter thumb-through read. From descriptions to the T covering the various cuts of beef, to hunting game, to jointing a rabbit, The River Cottage Meat Book spares nothing! Although we've yet to try any of the recipes, we'd love to hear from any readers who have.
A few recipes that are catching our attention:
- Loin of lamb stuffed with apricots and pine nuts (page 242)
- Pan-to-oven pork chops with garlic (page 342)
- Seared spicy beef in a wrap (page 348)
- Carpaccio of beef with shaved beetroot (page 349)
- Duck or goose breasts with pineapple, chilli and soy (page 366)
- Home-cured bacon (page 429)
- Cider-cured ham (page 432)
...and a slew of good ideas to use leftovers.
Related: The Ambivalent Omnivore
(Image: via Barnes & Noble, where book is available for $32)