During his career as a classically trained chef, Ryan Farr turned his eyes toward butchering as a way of assuring that the meats he was eating would be humanely raised, as well as to guarantee that he had access to the whole animal. Many of the specific parts he wanted were difficult to source ethically. What began with compassion, developed into a career change, and Farr is now the owner of the artisanal butcher shop 4505 Meats in San Francisco. If you share Farr's concerns, or if you want a more economical way to eat meat, this is the go-to book to understand traditional butchery. In Whole Beast Butchery Farr, who is called "the meat whisperer," offers step-by-step, fully illustrated guides to butchering beef, lamb, and pork, using every part of the animal. As a chef, he has created exciting recipesu sing some of the less discovered parts of each animal, as well as the more conventional.
This is a book of select photographs, each chosen to given the maximum visual guide to the process of butchering. There are over 500 hands-on photographs (160 in beef alone!) guiding the reader, and illustrating the appropriate tool to use at each step. This is a certain way to master DIY butchery and keep the food budget down while eating the best meats.
Since an entire animal is a lot of meat, Farr gives recommendations for freezing, but also suggests sharing. "Because of the way animals are structured, I find that a division into four portions makes sense, as each family ends up with a more manageable amount of meat to eat and store." With this book, you will share in a community spirit of savings, healthy eating, and kindness to the animals that provide so much nourishment.
Farr divides into three section: beef, lamb and pork for a full understanding of the anatomy of each animal. In addition, he offers a clear butchery primer that includes: Basic Guidelines; Tools; Techniques; How to Use the Recipe Formulas; Brining; and General Sausage-Making. There is a list of resources should you want to add to your information, tools, community, as well as a list of great Butchers and butcher shops. The recipes are varied and will have you eating all parts of the chosen animal.