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By Lorna Piatti-Farnell

ISBN-10: 1780230818

ISBN-13: 9781780230818

Hamburgers, pot roast, stew, steak, brisket—these mouthwatering dishes all have cows in universal. yet whereas the reply to the query, “Where’s the beef?” might be, “everywhere,” hyperlinks to weight problems and center affliction, mad-cow disorder, and international warming have prompted shoppers to show a suspicious eye onto the ever-present meat. Arguing that pork farming, cooking, and consuming is located in nearly each nation, Beef delves into the social, cultural, and fiscal elements that experience formed the creation and intake of pork all through history.
Lorna Piatti-Farnell exhibits how the category prestige of red meat has replaced over the years, revealing that the beef that used to be the most part in daily stews is this day showcased in difficult dishes by means of five-star cooks. She considers where pork has occupied in paintings, literature, and old cookbooks, whereas additionally being attentive to the moral matters in red meat construction and considering its destiny. that includes photographs of pork in paintings and food and palate-pleasing recipes from all over the world, Beef will attract the style buds of novice grillers and iron cooks alike.

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Japanese Beef I know what you are thinking. You know your cows. Japanese beef is highly prized, a special category of meat that is coveted and expensive and served only in the best and most fashionable restaurants around the world. You are imagining television chefs singing the praises of Kobe beef and proclaiming its superior qualities. And you are probably assuming, just as I did, that the Japanese might have been perfecting ‘the art of beef’ for centuries, perhaps even millennia. As it turns out, the history of beef in Japan is not longstanding; it is, without a doubt, a modern development.

By 4000 BC, cattle were fully domesticated and had become a reliable presence in human groups. They had also evolved into two main and distinct sub-categories, which formed the basis for the development of cow species around the world: these are known as the ‘humpless’ cattle (Bos taurus) – which developed originally in Africa and the Near East – and the ‘humped’ cattle (B. indicus), more indigenous to Indian regions. Velten asserts that, without a doubt, these two species played an ‘enormous role in shaping civilisation’, impacting not only on lifestyle – their culinary uses converting human existence from nomadic to sedentary – but also functioning as an important socio-economic expression of wealth.

The meat is cut into small pieces and cooked on griddles and gridirons over a low flame of wood charcoal. Recently, pork has also begun to make an appearance as an additional ingredient at yakiniku restaurants; in spite of this, however, beef remains the favourite meat of choice for this particular grilling method. At yakiniku restaurants, the meat is chosen by the patrons and is taken directly to their table still in its raw form. The diners themselves cook the pieces of beef and offal on a grill.

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