With the importance given to organic produce and the harmful effects of genetically modified foods being highlighted well, people have started preferring organic fruits, vegetables, and meat. In fact, a lot of research is being done on sustainable agriculture matters, organics, the way animals are grown, fed, and slaughtered and on the way to cook them properly. Having some good cookbooks dedicated to meat is a handy thing to have, as meat is a staple food for many. Knowing the right way to buy, clean, cook and eat meat would help in making you healthier and avoid many of the toxic effects that wrong meat choice can bring on you. So here are some great cook books to read.
Primal Cuts: Cooking With America’s Best Butchers
Marissa Guggiana has written this book with the focus on the organic, local, and ethically grown meat. With people, looking at alternative forms to processed meat, this book is certainly a good one to read. With anecdotes and photos from butchers on the subject and some great recipes right from nicely ground beef to venison, the recipes are taken from across the world including France, China, and Texas. All kinds of meat recipes from duck confit to barbecue brisket can be found here.
The River Cottage Meat Book
Compiled by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, this is a classic modern cookbook. The author’s take on the ethics on meat eating is actually great whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore. Your perception on meat would completely change after reading this book. The recipes from kidney pie and roast pork to steak and curry goat are ordered based on cooking method and have a potent British dominance.
Meat: A Kitchen Education
This book by James Patterson gives a comprehensive guide on sauces, baking and cooking. For beginners, experts, and those in between the book offers plenty of information. The book is a cooking encyclopedia equaling a culinary school course.
Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat
Written by Deborah Krasner, this book is brimming with information on how to buy, prepare, and even find the best meat. Preparation of pastured and grass fed meat is given in detail. The methods help demystify the entire cooking process and the confusing labels you see attached to the store bought meat. It gives you instructions right from how to grind the meat efficiently using a proper meat grinder to the exact way to cook it tender and delicious.
Great Sausage Recipes and Meat Curing
While it sounds delicious, when you order a sausage from a hotel menu, the prospect of cooking one on your own can be overwhelming. This book helps you make delicious sausage recipes both the traditional sausage as well as the modern recipes.
Charcuterie: The Craft Of Salting, Smoking, And Curing
This cookbook on meat by Brain Polcyn and Michael Ruhlman gives a meticulous overview of meat preservation including poultry, beef, as well as good old seafood recipes. But pork is the main meat variety discussed in the book.