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Offal - book recommendations please

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by The Pobble, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. I'm still pondering my cooking and trying to simplify it!
    Not simple as in cooking times or techniques but in ingredients...
    I am already trying to watch the food miles, GYO and to eat British but I am determined to go more seasonal and to eat the less common cuts of meat.
    So.... having tasted kidney a few weeks ago, for the first time since I was about 8, and liking it I am all keen to try out more.
    But I am not brave....... so I am asking. Not for your recipes but for any book recommendations. We both like sitting with a cookery book and soaking up the pictures and little cheffy comments etc.
    I already have Cooking on the Bone - definitely a good read!
    What else should I look out for?
     
  2. I'm still pondering my cooking and trying to simplify it!
    Not simple as in cooking times or techniques but in ingredients...
    I am already trying to watch the food miles, GYO and to eat British but I am determined to go more seasonal and to eat the less common cuts of meat.
    So.... having tasted kidney a few weeks ago, for the first time since I was about 8, and liking it I am all keen to try out more.
    But I am not brave....... so I am asking. Not for your recipes but for any book recommendations. We both like sitting with a cookery book and soaking up the pictures and little cheffy comments etc.
    I already have Cooking on the Bone - definitely a good read!
    What else should I look out for?
     
  3. There is a book called The Fifth Quarter, can't remember the author'sname, that is alll about buying and cooking offal pobble. Can't vouch for it as I would rather eat my own leg frankly as eat animals' organs [​IMG]
     
  4. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Try anything by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.....he even fried up the testicles of the bullock his vet castrated and had them on toast!
    Bound to be a few ideas there [​IMG]

     
  5. I've just put the 5th Quarter into my Amazon wish list so I won't forget it!
    And HFWs meat book too!
    I suppose I should just go to Waterstones and see what they have.... I could have a good look over a cup of coffee - they're used to me now!
    THEN I could add anything odd to my 'Going to Hay on Wye' list!
     
  6. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    Fergus something has a central London restaurant specialising ion offal - I'll check it out for you

    or .......... Italians eat every part of the animal so something like the Silver Spoon would work for you.
     
  7. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    Fergus Henderson is the bloke - Google him!
     
  8. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

  9. I've had my eye on that one, nick.

    I'll have a read in Ws this week!
    Good to know that the recipes work! Thanks.
     
  10. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    The Silver Spoon has a reasonable selection of offal recipes but I imagine you'd prefer a book with a higher percentage of offal recipes to others?
     
  11. Yes, marshypops, I am really looking for a book that is ALL about offal!
    I have a couple of ideas to be going on with, thanks!
    Now all I have to do is actually manage to buy, cook and eat it!!
     
  12. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    I understand that you've probably got enough ideas (of books) to go on for now but I saw this (it has a list of books):
    http://www.offalgood.com/blog/resources/required-offal-reading

    So when you need <strike>want</strike> another book then this list might be useful.
    My advice would be to look at French cook books.
     
  13. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    There are other recipes than offal ones in the book, but they form the majority. The others also focus on less used cuts of meat and fish and less fashionable produce and older techniques and recipes, which makes for a very good book. Brisket and mutton get a good look in, for example, and so indeed they should.
    I would point out that the recipes do need a little thought, as I'm not sure they'd all work precisely with the quantities given. I get the impression that some of the recipes are simply scaled down restaurant dishes from St John and do need a bit of tinkering for use at home. Any reasonably skilled cook can manage very well; indeed this is part of the book's eccentric charm (I think Henderson is quite possibly mad as a hatter). Many of the dishes are indeed make with the home cook in mind and are achievable other than a bit of thought and a good butcher to obtain the ingredients - spleen, kidneys still in their suet, pig's tongues, etc.
    And anyway, it's simply a lovely book, written with warmth, knowledge and humour.
    His restaurant, St John, in Smithfield is number one on my destination wishlist. The menu changes daily, which in istelf, delights me!
    http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com/

    And here's Henderson in action. Like I said, more than a little eccentric:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN9UiiMbEBI

     

  14. Ooooooooh! Sites, books and places (should I ever go to London ever again)!
    Thanks both.
    I think I may be in Ws for a while and my nice butcher may be getting some odd orders!
     
  15. *faints*
    The more I read about meat, the less inclined I am to eat it.
    Brains - oh no, oh no.
     
  16. Nowt wrong with brawn... but perhaps I should add all that to the foods we used to eat forum!
     
  17. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    Pobble, if you're still after a book, and/or haven't got this one yet, then I heartily (no pun intended!) recommend The Fifth Quarter. I picked up a cheap, mint-condition copy in a second hand bookshop on the weekend, and it's a great, great book. A few dishes in there to test even the least squeamish of cooks, it's also written with humour - (A Romantic Sheeo's Head Dinner for Two springs to mind!), and the recipes look great, covering all cultures and cuisines.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fifth-Quarter-Offal-Cookbook/dp/product-description/1904573215
     
  18. Oh dear!
    4 books now on order - I added a seasonal book too!
    At least they came bundled a little cheaper than expected.
    I shall let you know how it goes, I have a wait a while for one of them, but I expect the first 2 to arrive tomorrow!
    Thanks All!
     
  19. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    Enjoy the books, Pobble!
     
  20. I'm halfway through a complete house clean and saving the dining room table for last.
    I have plans for it . Rotating cookery books under Climber's nose and seeing what we can com eup with!
    Yum yum!!
    Oh, before I go, the Mark Hix book has some real goodies for December. My crismas menu will take a battering this year!
    (I'm guessing that that was the first mention of the unmentionable [​IMG])
     

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