Book Review : Lobel's Meat Bible..All You Need to Know About Meat and Poultry from America's Master Butchers.

meat bibleLobel’s Meat Bible: All You Need to Know About Meat and Poultry From America’s Master Butchers by Stanley, Evan, Mark and David Lobel, who run a world famous New York butchers shop, really lives up to it’s title. The book is full of information about all different types and cuts of meats and poultry. Which includes what each cut is, how it’s best cooked and used, and how to properly stored to keep it fresh and edible. Plus each of seven sections focuses on a particular type of meat, with informative tips, a breakdown on the various cuts, and also includes recipes for the cuts. The seven sections of the book ae Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry and Rabbit, Game Birds and Game, Variety Meats, and Sauces,Chutneys, Condinments, and Stocks.

The info sections are concise and really cover a lot of ground. They help take some of the mystery out of the many myriad cuts of meat we find in the meat case in our local supermarket. Almost a decade ago, when I was with my ex, we used to go to a local butcher shop. It was not as cheap as our local supermarkets. But the meat was so much better, in fact if anyone has a good local butcher shop, and can afford it, that they patronize it. The quality of the meat is more than worth it.

The recipes are wonderful if a bit nouvelle. I think that if anyone can’t find at least five or six recipes in this book that they love, that they’re vegetarians at heart. Recipes such as           Chinese Chicken Salad, and Spaghetti with Italian-Style Bacon, Onion, and Tomato, and especially Carbonade of Beef in Belgian Beer. The recipes are easy, with notes at the end that will let you know if you can substitute things or why things in the recipe need to be done like they are.

This book is a useful reference that belongs in the kitchen of any Carnivore and/or Omnivore.

Lobel’s Meat Bible is Highly Recommended.

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