Are you intimidated by grass-fed beef? Along with being told that grass-feeding is better for the steers, better for the environment, and better for us to eat, we're also told that we need to be careful how we cook grass-fed beef. Which, when you take into account its significantly higher cost, can be downright intimidating. No one wants to mess up a $25 steak. Lynne Curry's new book Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut is here to help ease our minds and teach us all about cooking with grass-fed beef.
• Who wrote it: Lynne Curry
• Who published it: Running Press
• Number of recipes: Over 100 recipes, covering everything from seared steaks and hamburgers to pho and homemade pastrami.
• Recipes for right now: Rice Noodle Bowl with Lemongrass Beef, Tequila-Lime Skirt Steak Fajitas, Mojo Beef with Beans and Rice, Chipotle and Corn Sloppy Joe's
• Other highlights: If you'd like to know a little more about grass-fed beef beyond, "It's better," Pure Beef definitely helps fill in the blanks. The first sixty pages of the book are dedicated to educating us on the differences between commodity beef, organic beef, and grass-fed beef; explaining how grass-fed cattle is raised; and setting us up with the knowledge for choosing the right cuts for what we want to make.
The second half of the book contains all the recipes, loosely organized by cut and developed specifically for grass-fed beef. Curry has a whole chapter on cooking with hamburger, another on steaks, and even one on making your own charcuterie. If you have a meat CSA and constantly find yourself at a loss for what to do with an unfamiliar cut, these chapters will be your life saver.
• Who would enjoy this book? People curious to cook more frequently with grass-fed beef, especially those with a meat CSA or access to butchers selling grass-fed beef.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut by Lynne Curry
• Visit Lynne Curry's website: Lynne Curry: Stories That Feed You
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