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Resources for students of butchery & charcuterie
The River Cottage Meat Book
Excellent source of sustainable meat mojo: background, techniques, and recipes, and written by the prince of modern & progressive smallholders.
Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing
This is the brightest star in the modern charcuterie constellation, my main source of charcuterie principles & recipes, and perfect for both beginners and more experienced students of charcuterie.
The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
Uncle Fergus leads the modern nose-to-tail revolution. Indispensable.
Beyond Nose to Tail: More Omnivorous Recipes for the Adventurous Cook
More of the same good nose-to-tail tuition.
CHARCUTERIE AND FRENCH PORK COOKERY
Another extraordinary resource for learning to make charcuterie.
Cooking by Hand
A seminal reader on butchery & charcuterie, with deeply thoughtful essays on food from the bottom up.
Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes
Love the fat, and all will be well.
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
An important book which highlights the nutritional benefits of meat, fat, and offal.
Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine
A beautiful treatise on Nordic cuisine with an emphasis on a local approach.
Manual of a Traditional Bacon Curer
A fascinating and practical perspective on traditional British curing of bacon, hams, etc. Lots of helpful photographs, and many recipes.
Author Archives: mosaica
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..the nice autumn-y fall, not the consequence of pride one. That means I’ll be going out as apprentice butcher more often, and it means a glorious profusion of apples are just around the corner, so the mincemeat post that I … Continue reading
Pull on your galoshes and hurry on over to Kickstarter to back a really fantastic project: Walter, Holly, and their family are building an on-farm butcher shop at Sugar Mountain Farm! This really is good news, not just for those … Continue reading
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Each December my family celebrates my birthday by getting our Jule-cozy on with a Sunday visit to the Solstice & Christmas revels in Hanover, and then we head over to enjoy dinner at my favorite local restaurant, West Lebanon’s Yama. … Continue reading
I recently asked a group of friends to help me pin down a secular, psychological, or philosophical equivalent to the term `grace’ as it is sometimes used in a religious context, describing the experience in which a person feels that … Continue reading
The elements which produce a well-cured bit of charcuterie are straightforward: really great meat, salt, and time. It sounds simple, and honestly it is, but the loving and obsessive details –the herb and spice choices, the long close scrutiny, the … Continue reading
The butchering season is upon us here in New England, and I’ve been out a lot with my farm-butcher mentor Chet and his son Nick. Yesterday we slaughtered 9 lambs and one beef, and I came home with a bucket … Continue reading
Okay, not really. This month my Charcutepalooza projects have been all about how good food –dreaming it up, cooking it, talking about it with friends, sharing it with friends and family, and (not least) eating it– sustains the spirit as … Continue reading