At last, a field guide to identifying and selecting more than 200 different cuts and kinds of meat, from beef and poultry to game and cured meat!
An essential resource for every home cook or chef, Field Guide to Meat offers details on virtually every kind of meat available.
This practical guide includes more than 200 full-color photographs of cuts of beef, veal, pork, lamb, game, and poultry as well as more than 100 different kinds of cured meats and sausages. Cross-referenced with the photographs are in-depth descriptions of the cuts, including basic history, location in the animal, characteristics, information on how to choose the cut, and flavor affinities. Step-by-step preparation directions tell you whether the item is best marinated, braised, grilled, roasted, or pan-seared.
Trips to the butcher’s aisle will no longer be intimidating, and you’ll never end up with a cut that’s too tough for dinner.
What are variety meats? What differentiates a T-bone from a porterhouse steak? How do you store foie gras? How do you prepare ground veal? And what does head cheese taste like? This most useful of kitchen references answers all those burning questions and more, in clean, matter-of-fact text accompanied by catalogue-type color photographs of everything from beef rolls to rack of lamb and smoked turkey wings. Green (Field Guide to Produce) covers beef, veal, pork, lamb, poultry and game birds, game and other domesticated meats (which includes rattlesnake and squirrel), and sausage and cured meats. Each compact chapter explains the various cuts available and gives instructions on choosing, storing and preparing. Home cooks will find Green's guidelines on how much to buy of a given product helpful, while professionals will appreciate her inclusion of North American Meat Producers, or NAMP, cut numbers and names. And all chefs will benefit from the listing of international names for each meat (e.g., beef cheeks are called guancia in Italian, joue in French and mejilla or cachete in Spanish).