By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Steven Lamb

A completely sensible advisor to curing and smoking meat, fish, cheese, and greens at home.

River Cottage, a long-standing pioneer for top quality sustainable nutrients, is all approximately figuring out the entire tale in the back of what's wear the desk. In actual River Cottage shape, this available, compact consultant is bursting with crucial info for sourcing, butchering, smoking, and curing the entire hog, cow, poultry, fish, and vegetable. Steven Lamb, a revered charcuterie authority, breaks down the conventional equipment of curing and smoking to their most elementary techniques, with ample visible assets and 50 recipes. With a few salt, pepper, and sugar from the pantry, it's effortless to show good-quality produce into exceptional, intriguing nutrients. This thorough, well timed guide starts off with a close breakdown of instruments (from sharp knives to sausage stuffers, for the gadget-loving prepare dinner) and an evidence of the maintenance procedure, together with a piece on which cuts are most sensible for varied equipment of curing and smoking. Lamb then dives into every one method--from dry-curing to fermentation, brining to smoking--in a simple, finished demeanour. And for every procedure, there are numerous scrumptious recipes, together with chorizo Scotch eggs, sizzling smoked mackerel, prosciutto, and dry-cured bacon.

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