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The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating Paperback – 25 Apr 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco Press; 01 edition (25 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060585366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060585365
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fergus Henderson caused something of a sensation when he opened his restaurant St John in London in 1995. Set in a former smokehouse near Smithfield meat market, its striking, high-ceilinged white interior provides a dramatic setting for food of dazzling boldness and simplicity. As signalled by the restaurant's logo of a pig (reproduced on the cover of Nose to Tail Eating) and appropriately given the location, at St John the emphasis is firmly on meat. And not the noisettes, fillets, magrets and so forth of standard restaurant portion-control, all piled up into little towers in the middle of the plate: Henderson serves up the inner organs of beasts and fowls in big, exhilarating dishes that combine high sophistication with peasant roughness. Nose to Tail Eating is a collection of these recipes, celebrating, as the title implies, the thrifty rural British traditions of making delicious virtue out of using every part of the animal.

Henderson's wonderful signature dish, Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad, is among the starters, along with Grilled, Marinated Calf's Heart and the gruesome-sounding but apparently delicious Rolled Pig's Spleen. He is a great advocate of salting and brining and tends to use saturated animals fats (duck, goose, lard) in quantities that would make a dietician blench. But when the results are dishes of the calibre of Brined Pork Belly, Roasted, Lamb's Tongues, Turnips, Bacon and Salted Duck's Legs, Green Beans, and Cornmeal Dumplings (trust me, they are astounding), who cares? Fish at St John avoids the usual fare--no monkfish or red mullet here; instead herring roes, salt cod, eel, brill and skate. Vegetables are mashed (swede, celeriac) or roasted (pumpkin, tomatoes) and he dares to serve boiled brussels sprouts. The puddings (not desserts) are a starry dream of school dinners: Treacle Tart, St John's Eccles Cakes and a "very nearly perfect" Chocolate Ice Cream. Not perhaps for the faint of heart, but for the adventurous an exciting feast of new and rediscovered flavours and textures. --Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

'A fantastic book, wonderful stories with nostalgic and inspiring recipes -an essential book for honest cooks' Jamie Oliver 'His cooking and recipes are a joy' Nigel Slater 'A cult masterpiece' Anthony Bourdain 'Nose to Tail Eating is a book I've raided so many times as a chef. Every recipe is wonderful, and it's one of the most concisely humorous cookbooks that I've ever come across. Fergus has a sense of humour and an ability to self-edit that I'm as envious of as I am his cooking skills. And Jason Lowe is one of my favourite food photographers' Tom Norrington-Davies --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Paperback
The description doesn't make it clear but this is an American edition, full of cilantro and cups of flour.
I'm sure the book is perfectly fine, but I didn't keep it long enough to find out.
If an american edition is what you want, then it'll be just dandy. Otherwise the UK edition is probably what you're after.
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Format: Hardcover
Fergus Henderson comes across as a lovely soul in this book and I think that's quite important when he's trying to encourage the consumption of some fairly spooky food, you don't need some nippy sweetie making you feel like a hick if you balk at the notion.

Offal isn't so much a matter of taste as it is of texture and for people who haven't eaten offal I don't know how much this comes through.

My only criticism is the lack of additional info about offal, the different types of tripe and liver can't necessarily do the same recipe justice. I had a butcher insisting it WAS calf's liver, it was only 18 months old when it died. Aye maybe but it was well past pan searing/drizzling with fig balsamic, strictly gravy and onions.

A lovely book for those who have the guts (couldn't resist it) to try it out. Try a Chinese supermarket if you're looking for said guts, and if you find a butcher who'll play along, treasure him.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a classic of its type, outlining an approach to eating that combines elements of the classical French aesthetic with British ingredients and recipes. It is inspirational cookery without being overly aspirational.

The book is only marred by a slight lack of clarity and occasional sloppy culinary proofreading. An example of this is Welsh Rarebit for 6 specifying four pieces of toast. This does not detract from the overall significance of the book, but may have the effect of heightening the nervousness of uncertain cooks coming to it for the first time.
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Format: Hardcover
Mr. Henderson has a wonderful appreciation of food and its joys. To read his book is a refreshing experience bringing both common sense and pleasure to what is an often overblown and over glossy oeuvre. He undoubtably understands the nature of the produce he uses and brings back memories, real or imagined, of good food, sourced locally and cooked well and often simply. I did manage to track down some bone marrow, his bone marrow and parsley dressing was delicious and I am enjoying working through the other recipes. I have read that Mr. Henderson is celebrated for his offal, the book offers a lot, lot more.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully written and has recipes that you couldn't hope to find elsewhere, which are taken from Fergus Henderson's St John Restaurant in London. Even if you don't fancy cooking tripe or brains there is plenty worth reading. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this together with two other books by Fergus Henderson. This one is written for the US market and most of the recipies were taken from the two UK publications. I didn't pick this up from the web site. The two other books are excellent.
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Format: Hardcover
Great book, especially if you love the resturant and the style.

However, buyers note this book is in the smaller novel-sized format. This is not entirely clear from the product description, and I'm pretty sure this is a smaller format than the book was originally published in...

I was a little disappointed to find it was a small size, so buyer beware I guess.

Content wise, its awesome though
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Format: Hardcover
This is the first cookbook that has taught me how to prepare a truly spectacular meal that my friends are flabbergasted by. The ingredients that Fergus Henderson uses are unusual, wholesome and delicious. Cooking with Nose To Tail Eating totally rewarding experience. Having eaten at St. John a number of times and marvelled at Fergus's cooking, I have to say that if anyone really enjoys a gastronomic treat then buy them this cookbook. Also it is the first time that I have seen photographs that show the dining experience in realistic terms.
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