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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: hog casing
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