The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook: Healthy Cooking and Good Living with Pasture-Raised Foods.
Left to Write Press, 2004
Is it too much to hope that everyone has heard about my tome to the world of sustainable meat and farming by this point? If you’ve ever had a question about grassfed meat – whether it’s a simple question about how long to cook it, tips about how to know if you are buying the genuine article, or a curious quirky question that you’re afraid to ask but are dying to know about farm life (like, do chickens really run around when you cut their heads off?), this book has all the answers.
The Grassfed Gourmet is about great food, written by someone who understood how to grow it before she learned how to cook it. The recipes are simple, practical and merciful, capable of being cooked successfully in even the most chaotic households (yes, I’m speaking from experience). No froofy fancy techniques or ingredients, I promise. And, if I do say so myself, it’s just plain good reading.
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From the cover:
“Farming is a world of its own,” writes author and grass-based farmer Shannon Hayes, “tied more to the ebb and flow of nature than to the pulse of changing food trends.” Take a passionate journey with The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook through the lush, emerald-green fields of America’s best pasture-based farms, where cattle, pigs, bison, goats, sheep and poultry roam freely, eating what nature intended and acting on their natural instincts.
In The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, Hayes details her own journey from farmer to foodie and back to the farm again. She lays out, in simple terms, the nutritional, environmental, social and animal-welfare benefits of grass-fed foods and offers simple strategies for finding and preparing grass-fed meats and dairy products, as well as foolproof techniques for getting the most out of your purchases.
Inside The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, you’ll discover the unique flavors and distinct characteristics of foods that come from animals raised on pasture. You’ll learn how meat and dairy products are meant to taste through a multitude of mouth-watering recipes, including Hayes’s own and her favorites from other pasture-based farmers. Each recipe is carefully selected and tested, and geared toward home cooks who have a desire to eat healthy, home-cooked meals.
“One of the greatest joys of cooking and serving grass-fed meats and dairy is knowing that they come from farmers who have made conscious choices about stewarding the land in environmentally responsible ways, raising livestock in a humane fashion, and living their own lives in accordance with their values. Here you’ll meet many of those farmer and have access to their favorite recipes. It’s my hope that as you read their stories and savor their favorite dishes, you’ll come to realize the magnitude of your decision to support them and their colleagues by making grass-fed meats and dairy your first choice.” – Shannon Hayes, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook
Praise for The Grassfed Gourmet:
“Finally. A cookbook that does justice to the superb quality of the meat, eggs, and dairy products from grass-fed animals. Shannon Hayes takes the mystery out of cooking products from pastured animals. Once you’ve read her book, you, too, will be a ‘grass-fed gourmet.’” – Jo Robinson, author of Pasture Perfect, coauthor of The Omega Diet, creator of www.eatwild.com.
“The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook is a required companion for all of us who wish to enjoy these foods and support a better way of farming and eating.” – Bruce Aidells, author of The Complete Meat Cookbook.