Duck fat. Caul fat. Leaf lard. Bacon. Ghee. Suet. Schmaltz. Cracklings. Jennifer McLagan knows and loves cooking fat, and you'll remember that you do too once you get a taste of her lusty, food-positive writing and sophisticated comfort food recipes. Fat is hot, as public consciousness shifts away from fatphobia, and foodies embrace high-quality fats like lardo and artisanal butters. Sumptuous food photos throughout make for a plump, juicy, satisfying read for food lovers.
An appealing exploration of the glories of cooking fat--a component of food that's newly fashionable--with history and recipes.
Duck fat. Caul fat. Leaf lard. Bacon. Ghee. Suet. Schmaltz. Cracklings. Jennifer McLagan knows and loves cooking fat, and you'll remember that you do too once you get a taste of her lusty, food-positive writing and sophisticated comfort-food recipes. Dive into more than 100 sweet and savory recipes using butter, pork fat, poultry fat, beef fat, and lamb fat, including Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Fennel and Rosemary, Risotto Milanese, Duck Rillettes, Bone Marrow Crostini, and Choux Paste Beignets. Scores of sidebars on the cultural, historical, and scientific facets of culinary fats as well as sumptuous food photos throughout make for a plump, juicy, satisfying read for food lovers. Reviews & Awards
James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Finalist: Single Subject Category
IACP International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards, Single Subject Category Finalist
"In Fat, Jennifer McLagan sets out to prove what our ancestors instinctively knew: that fat is good for you (not to mention delicious), and offers some science and history to back it up. But mostly Fat is a celebration of the stuff, with sidebars and recipes for everything from homemade butter to bacon mayonnaise."--New York Magazine"Fat isn't simply a cookbook: it's a celebration of the ingredient that makes everything we eat taste better."--Fine Cooking
"A smart, sensual celebration of the flavorful animal fats prized by chefs and shunned by a generation of lipo-phobes."--People"Persuasively arguing that the never-ending quest for "health" has gone too far, McLagan's elegant and informed look at this most maligned ingredient is appropriately unctuous. . . . Her mixture of science, cultural anthropology and culinary imagination are intoxicating, making this a crucial work on the topic." --Publishers Weekly *Starred Review* 7/21/08 Web Pick of the Week!