Ok. Let me explain.
Number one. Today my new knife arrived! 7" Santoku by Wusthof. Like many in my generation, I used Ikea knives all through undergrad. However a recent (and almost dangerous) struggle with Japanese pumpkin convinced me that it was time to invest in some quality. Thanks to a 20% OFF Bed Bath & Beyond coupon, I've bought a basic chef knife. It was a little pricey (a sad reflection on my budget), but it came with lifetime warranty and a free cutting board. All I need to do is cut something... how about some sirloin pork chops?
Which brings me to Number two. Today an armful of books arrived at the Boston Public Library. My newest addition is Lobel's Meat Bible: All you need to know about meat and poulty from America's master butchers. Yes please. Teach me!
By: Stanley, Evan, Mark, and David Lobel.
Lobel's of New York is a family run butchery, operating in Manhattan's Upper East Side since 1954. In their most recent book Lobel's Meat Bible, the authors share their expertise,
We want nothing more than to help meat lovers get the most from their purchases. [...] We respect [the] time-tested traditions and deliberately take the best of the old and combine it with the requirements of the present and future. We also believe it is crucial to treat our customers fairly and pleasantly, to sell only quality meat, and to answer every question.I'm really enjoying this cookbook. It covers the basics of veal, pork, lamb, poultry, and beef (who knew there were 23 types of steak?). And most importantly, the recipes come with full page juicy pictures. I confess that I don't usually like steak, or any big pieces of meat. Recently I've accidentally been eating vegetarian because meat is expensive and I love tofu and eggs. However, maybe it's time to vary my protein. With this book, meat never looked so good.
So armed with a new knife and some new meaty knowledge, let's go get me some filet mignon chuck steak.