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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.
Category Archives: sausage
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
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
I’m from Denmark, and in Denmark we really love our hot dogs. There are pølsevogn –mobile hot dog stands– sprinkled around in cities and big and small towns. My old favorite used to be two reds with two rolls on … Continue reading
The June Charcutepalooza challenge involves stuffing ones choice of sausage forcemeat into casings, and I’ve chosen to make merguez since I have an inordinate fondness for the strong taste of mutton, particularly when it is combined with the richly spicy … Continue reading
Actually, I say both! Today I made both Mexican Chorizo and Portuguese Chouriço, as well as a batch of forcemeat for tasty old-fashioned crepinettes de porc. It was a big sausage day. I made about five pounds of each, and … Continue reading
I heard a story recently on Vermont Public Radio about a charcuterie maker named Pete Colman, and being a student of the art myself, and impulsive, I looked up his website and called him to ask if I could come … Continue reading