So I have a problem. I steal a book from my parents house nearly every time I visit. Sometimes it is the latest by Alan Furst, often a book on history or religion, and occasionally when I am feeling very daring indeed, I walk out of their front doors with a cookbook hidden in the diaper bag. This last weekend was one of those do or die moments and the cookbook is a very fine specimen of the sort. May I please introduce you to,
Fat: An appreciation of a misunderstood ingredient, with recipes
It is a study in all things glorious, covering the traditions, history and cultural importance of the worlds of butter, pork fat, poultry fat and beef and lamb fats. Ms. Jennifer McLagan writes about the healthfulness of fats and its rightful place in our kitchen. And yes, those bacon drippings do have a place in your kitchen. And mine.
And the recipes!
Oh! Beurre Blanc, Brown Butter Ice Cream, Spanish - Style Pork Rillettes, Dandelion Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, Garlic Confit, Cassoulet, Cornish Pasty and Marmalade Pudding, to name just a dripping with deliciousness few.
Who needs wheat when I can have Miso and Orange-Roasted Pork Belly?
Not I, Not I.