The Ethical Meat Handbook, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition
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The Ethical Meat Handbook, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition


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267 Pages

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A delicious alternative to the status quo when it comes to how we farm, cook, and eat

  • Author is a butcher, chef, teacher and writer

  • First edition sold 4 000 copies, author's second book Pure Charcuterie sold 2000 copies

  • Second edition will be full colour with revised recipes and cuts

  • Contains 61% new information

  • She has worked with commercial and homestead herds of cattle, poultry, swine, sheep and goats for over 15 years and is trained in low stress animal handling

  • She has a large network of respected food advocates from her instructional work

  • She travels internationally teaching cutting edge food production and processing and charcuterie

  • Solution-oriented and holistic offering out of the box ideas that can be used by everyday eaters

  • Ethical meat is healthy for our bodies, having been raised without harmful additives, antibiotics or hormones

  • Explains how to keep animals in a way that honored the animals' natural tendencies

  • Includes parameters for integrity in the animals' life, death, butchery, and processing

  • Illustrates butchery techniques that values the entire animal

  • Shows specialty and gourmet cuts that waste less meat, for example, how to cut a tender steak from an otherwise tougher primal

  • Step-by-step color photos of butchery for beef, pork, lamb and poultry

  • 100 recipes for whole animal cookery

  • Charcuterie recipes that use less common animal parts such as tongue and heart to make sausage, pate and other prepared meats

  • Written in an accessible style, has more options and recipes than other similar books

  • Differs from other books on this subject because it delves into the issues of how to enjoy delicious food, benefit our health and our planet without abusing animals

  • Includes insider information from the author's experience in the food system

  • Helps the reader develop a more realistic role for meat in their diets by understanding animals better and learning how to make better use of animals.

  • Now in full colour throughout- previous edition was black and white


locavores, foodies, DIY and homesteaders, urban farmers, chefs, people attending the NY food book fair, small scale farmers, food policy advocates

A delicious alternative to the status quo when it comes to how we farm, cook, and eat

Nutrition, environmental impact, ethics, sustainability – it seems like there's no end to the food factors we must consider. At the center of the dietary storm is animal-based agriculture. Was your beef factory farmed or pasture-raised? Did your chicken free range, or was it raised in a battery cage? Have you, in short, met your meat?

Most efforts to unravel the complexities of the production and consumption of animals tend to pit meat eaters and vegetarians against each other.

In this 2nd edition of The Ethical Meat Handbook, Meredith Leigh argues that by assuming responsibility for the food on our fork and the route by which it gets there, animals can be an optimal source of food, fiber, and environmental management. This new edition covers:

  • Integrating animals into your garden or homestead
  • Step-by-step color photos for beef, pork, lamb, and poultry butchery
  • 100+ recipes for whole-animal cooking
  • Culinary highlights: preparing difficult cuts, sauces, and extras
  • Charcuterie, including history, general science, principles, and tooling up
  • The economics and parameters for responsible meat production.

Eating diversely may be the most revolutionary action we can take to ensure the sustainability of our food system. The Ethical Meat Handbook 2nd Edition challenges us to take a hard look at our dietary choices, increase self-reliance, and enjoy delicious food that benefits our health and our planet.

Introduction to the Second Edition

1. Buying Differently
2. Cooking Differently
3. Eating Different Things
4. General Notes on Raising, Cooking, and Eating Animals

     Notes on Cooking and Eating Muscle
5. Butchery Tools and Tips
6. The Non-Farming Omnivore
     Butchers and Butcher Shops
     Buying Options
          Buying Cooperatively
          Buying Whole but Small
          Pricing and Terms
     Space and Storage for Home Butchery

7. Beef
     Raising Beef
     Feed and Minerals
     Space and Water

8. Lamb
     Raising Lamb
     Space and Water
     Feed and Minerals

9. Pork
     Raising Pigs
     Space and Water
     Feed and Minerals

10. Poultry
     Raising Poultry
     Housing and Fencing
     Feed, Minerals, and Water
     Additional Consideration
     Home Slaughter

11. Beef Butchery
     The Forequarter
     The Chuck and Brisket
     The Rib and Plate
     The Hindquarter
     The Flank, Loin, and Sirloin
     The Round
12. Lamb Butchery
     The Shoulder
     The Rib
     The Saddle
     The Leg
13. Pork Butchery
14. Poultry Butchery

15. Cooking with Beef

     Beef and Lovage Sausage
     Braised Beef Shank Tacos with Herb and Caper Salsa
     Beef Bacon
     Beef Tallow
     Beef Jerky
     Beef Stock
     Sauces and Sundries for Beef
          Pickled Red Onion
          Bone Marrow Horseradish Sauce
          Queso Fresco
          Anchovy Butter

16. Cooking with Lamb
     Earl Grey Braised Lamb Shank with Herb Dumplings
     Lime Curry Lamb Sausage with Dosas and Raita
     Fire-Cooked Lambchetta with Apricot and Rosemary
     Sous Vide Hogget Rib with Orange, Fennel, and Honey Marmalade
     Roast Leg of Goat with Mustard, Capers, and Marjoram
     Bourbon- and Sorghum-Glazed Lamb Spare Ribs
     Sauces and Sundries for Lamb
          Broiled Tomatillo Salsa
          Red Wine Mushrooms
          Ginger Mint Cilantro Chutney
          Grilled Artichoke Salad with Smoked Paprika Aioli

17. Cooking with Pork
     Pulled Pork with Hot Vinegar Sauce, Chow Chow, and Corn Pancakes
     Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches with Quick Pickles
     Braised Pork Ribs with Rooster Sauce and Balsamic
     Chicharron with Apple Butter and Cilantro Crème Fraîche
     Pork Tourtiere
     Basic Pie Crust
     Breakfast Scrapple with Arugula, Eggs, and Maple Syrup
     Porchetta with Persimmon, Chestnut, and Pine
     Sauces and Sundries for Pork
          Barbeque Sauce
          Apple Butter
          Bread and Butter Pickles

18. Cooking with Poultry
     Spatchcocked Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Fresh Herbs
     Chicken Ballotine, Three Ways
     Chicken Cardamom Sausage
     Fried Chicken
     Duck Confit
     Duck Rillettes
     Sauces and Sundries for Poultry
          Quick Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
          Milk Gravy

19. Charcuterie
     Nitrites and Nitrates
     Getting Started with Fresh Sausage

     Breakfast Sausages
     Herbes de Provence Sausages
     Garlic Orange Bratwurst
     Pâtés, Terrines, and Meat Specialties

     Liver Pâté
     Beef Bologna
     Whole Muscle Cures
     Smoking Meats
     Pancetta Stesa
     Coppa or Capicola
     Smoked Fiochetto Ham
     Fermented Sausages
     Basic Salami
     Fennel Salami with Nutmeg and Wine
20. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Beef Cuts Diagram
Appendix 2: Lamb Cuts Diagram
Appendix 3: Pork Cuts Diagram
Appendix 4: Resources for Further Study

     Suppliers, Websites, and Support Organizations
Thanks and Praise
About the Author
A Note about the Publisher



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Published 04 February 2020
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