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The Complete Meat Cookbook
Houghton Mifflin Co
Published: September 25, 2001
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"Frankly, we love meat." Thus spake Bruce Aidells and Denis Kelly, their first words in The Complete Meat Cookbook. "This book," these well-informed authors tell us, "is written for those who share this carnivorous inclination." As the
authors of Hot Links and Country Flavors, Real Beer and Good Eats, and Flying Sausages, these guys know meat. And their mission in life is to share what they know. With gusto.
The divisions are obvious: beef, pork, lamb, veal. But packed into
each chapter is more information than any single reader might think possible. There's history and anthropology; there's anatomy and kitchen chemistry. And all of it is aimed at what the authors call the "new meat." It's a leaner product--less fat than
ever before. So to get the succulence and the flavor that resides in memory (coming from a time of fattier cuts) sliced and onto the plate, today's cook has to use a different, more informed approach. You will find that guidance in this book. How to
select and buy, how to prep, how to intensify the flavor, how to cook, how to store: it's all here. There is no other book like it.
Heavily illustrated, The Complete Meat Cookbook opens with a section on meat basics, including a little meat
eating history and a terrific doneness chart. Then there's a long section covering all the basic cooking techniques and which cuts of which meat work best with each technique. Once the book breaks out into sections by kind of meat--beef, pork, lamb,
veal--the depth of information focuses and intensifies, and the recipes roll right along for more than 600 pages.
Myth busting (like, don't salt meat before cooking, it will dry it out: wrong) is highlighted throughout the book. And each recipe is
labeled for ease, speed, budget consciousness, serve to company, etc. The recipes take into account the world of meat eating. This is no Eurocentric text--it is, as the title proclaims, complete. If you are going to eat meat, do it right. This is the
book to show you how. No cookbook bookshelf is complete without a copy of The Complete Meat Cookbook. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The leaner cuts of meat
now on the market require extra attention to ensure they don't toughen and dry during preparation, and with that in mind Aidells?owner of Aidells Sausage Company?and Kelly (both coauthored Hot Links & Country Flavors and Flying Sausages) offer more than
230 recipes certain to attract meat-fanciers. They address how to buy meat, flavor it and cook it; specify the temperatures at which various meats should be cooked; and advise using a digital instant-read thermometer to... read more --This text refers to
an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Whether it"s a perfectly grilled steak, an expertly done roast, slow-cooked ribs, or a robustly flavored stew, there"s nothing like the satisfying savor of meat. However,
today"s cuts, which are naturally lean, need special treatment and updated cooking techniques so they turn out tender, juicy, and flavorful. Called the book "for the new meat world order" by the Los Angeles Times and hailed as "definitive" by countless
reviewers, this authoritative guide ensures that you"ll get superb results every time, whether you"re a confirmed carnivore or a sometime meat eater.
Everything you need to know is here, including
• straight talk on how to choose the right cut
for every occasion: a great steak, a pork roast for a weeknight, or a leg of lamb that"s easy to carve
• simple seasoning techniques, such as dry rubs, wet marinades, flavor brines, herb pastes, and fast sauces
• advice on how to cook
each cut to just the right temperature
• more than 230 recipes, ranging from the ethnic and eclectic to everyday classics, from Nogales Steak Tacos and Tuscan Herb-Infused Pork to Lisa"s Lazy Pot Roast
• hundreds of tips on meat cookery
that will enlighten even expert cooks.
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