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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected from Leith's, 29 Nov 2012
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Having already purchased both Leiths Baking and Vegetable Bibles I was keen to see what the Meat Bible would add to my cooking repertoire.
The five main sources of meat are covered, including some interesting offal recipes. However at the beginning of chapters a diagram and table showing cuts of a particular animal is given, then in a recipe an unidentified cut or possibly an alternative term for a cut is used, which is a shame. I am also a little dubious as to how many readers, certainly in the UK will find the section on Exotic game useful. Whilst i am not averse to trying 'Camel fillet with Chateauneuf-du Pape and Butter jus', or 'Griddled Python with Baby fennel Tempura and Pernod sauce', I just wonder where in Rural England I could lay my hands on 500g of boneless python?
The end of the book is padded out with recipes for a whole raft of sauces, pastry, pizza and pasta, even mashed potato, rice and grains . . . wine matching, menu planning and catering quantities. A few more good recipes would have been preferable I feel.
I am hoping to find my way into this volume and rave about it in the way that I do the much used Baking and Vegetable Bible, but as of yet I have only used one recipe for Venison steaks with lemon and redcurrant sauce - a sauce I will make and use with lots of different game I have to say! Definitely a case of look through this book before you buy!
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2013 08:40:43 BDT
handlep says:
I'm interested in this book, as I have several other Leith's Bibles, and I was initially surprised by the comment about the exotic meats section - it does at first sound odd considering we don't get a lot of camels in England. However, I just did a quick Google for Exotic Meat and there appear to be several suppliers who do mail order. So I guess the advantage of this section is, if you wanted to put on a really special dinner party (or take part in 'Come Dine with Me'!) you could use these recipes with produce from these suppliers. Mind you, the price of camel meat might give you the hump - I just saw a camel rib eye steak at £10.63 for 180 grams, and Python meat might constrict your wallet at £22.31 for 250 grams. I will buy the book though, you never know when you might be given a camel steak to cook......

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2013 19:46:25 GMT
S. Jacob says:
kezie foods in the borders - excellent service for exotic meats
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