FIELD GUIDE TO MEAT: How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Meat, Poultry, and Game Cut

Aliza Green, Author . Quirk $14.95 (320p) ISBN 978-1-59474-017-6

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). (May)

Reviewed on: 03/28/2005
Release date: 02/01/2005
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