Chicken, beef, lamb, pork, and fish all taste better when cooked this way but we've sacrificed flavour for speed and convenience, forgetting how bones can enhance the taste, texture and presentation of meat, poultry and fish - think of a rack of lamb, T-bone steak, ham hock, leg of pork or skate wings. Jennifer McLagan teaches home cooks the secrets of bones. Each chapter includes recipes for stocks, soups, ribs, legs, shins and tails, as well as detailed diagrams of the various cuts for front, middle and back ends. There are a wealth of recipes to discover such as Roasted Marrow Bones with Parsley Salad, Rabbit in Saffron Sauce with Spring Vegetables, Grilled Quail with Sage Butter and Duck Legs with Cumin, Turnips and Green Olives. Supermarket shopping has forced most cooks into boneless cooking, with fillets and breasts being their stock in trade; so now is the time to follow the trend and find yourself a good butcher who will supply you with cuts of meat on the bone.
Jennifer McLagan has over 35 years experience in the food world as a chef, caterer, food stylist and writer. She has been called courageous, a contrarian and even a little crazy. Well in these dietarily correct times, she is definitely a provocative iconoclast who challenges us and makes us rethink our relationship to what we eat. And while she creates delicious recipes she believes that food is more than recipes. So equipped with a quirky sense of humour, a taste for the bizarre, and bowerbird tendencies she delves into food's history, myth and culture adding to the literature of food and cooking.
Her book BONES won the James Beard Best Single Subject Cookbook award, a Gourmand World Cookbook award, and was a finalist in the IACP cookbook awards. Her book FAT, won a Gourmand World Cookbook award, the Silver Sprout Award, and both the IACP and James Beard Awards for Best Single Subject Cookbook. The Beard Foundation named FAT Cookbook of the Year in 2009. Her latest book ODD BITS was published in September.
Jennifer divides her time between Toronto and Paris, for more information see www.jennifermclagan.com or jennifermclagan.blogspot.com.