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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470467134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fall into Cooking Featured Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Collards and Ham Hocks from Jean Anderson’s Falling off the Bone

As easy as it is economical, this hearty soup takes the chill off those first frosty days of autumn, and once everything’s in the pot, virtually cooks itself. Best of all it can be made in advance and is even better after a night in the fridge. So when friends come over to watch football, serve steaming bowls of Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Collards and Ham Hocks along with chewy chunks of country bread. Nothing more is needed. Note: I use country ham hocks for this soup because of their deep smoky flavor, but "packing house" ham hocks are perfectly good. Whichever you choose, make sure there's "plenty of meat on them bones." --Jean Anderson

Serves 6-8


1 pound dried black-eyed peas, washed, sorted, and soaked overnight in enough cold water to cover
1/4 cup bacon drippings or vegetable oil
3 large yellow onions, coarsely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 large bunch fresh collards (about 1 1/2 pounds), washed, trimmed, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 1/2 pounds meaty smoked ham hocks (see headnote)
1 quart (4 cups) beef or chicken broth
1 quart (4 cups) cold water
12 black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce, or to taste
Salt, if needed to taste

Drain black-eyed peas, rinse well, drain again, and set aside.

Heat drippings in a large heavy Dutch oven over moderately high heat until ripples appear on pan bottom—1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

Add onions and garlic and sauté, stirring often, until limp and lightly browned—about 10 minutes. Add collards and cook, stirring now and then, until wilted—about 5 minutes. Mix in black-eyed peas.

Anchor ham hocks in vegetables, add broth, water, and peppercorns, and bring to a boil over high heat. Adjust so liquid bubbles gently, cover, and simmer, stirring now and then, until black-eyed peas are tender and ham all but falls from bones—1½ to 2 hours.

Note: Check pot now and then and if soup threatens to scorch, reduce burner heat to lowest point and slide a diffuser underneath pot.

Lift ham hocks to a cutting board and strip meat from bones. Add to soup along with hot pepper sauce to taste, and salt, if needed. Discard bones.

Ladle into heated soup plates and accompany with freshly baked corn bread or chunks of good country bread. Better yet, cool soup, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Next day, reheat and serve.

Product Description
From trusted cookbook author and food writer Jean Anderson comes Falling Off the Bone, a collection of recipes for simple, delicious meat dishes just like grandma used to make, but updated for contemporary kitchens and tastes. With beautiful color photographs throughout, this cookbook shows just how mouthwateringly delicious simple home cooking can be.

Falling Off the Bone dishes up quintessential comfort food—recipes that are ideal for virtually any tough cut of beef, pork, lamb, or veal. Anderson shows you how to use slow cooking methods like braising, pot- roasting, and simmering to coax amazing flavors out of the most common and affordable cuts.

    • Features sumptuously photographed recipes for such soul-satisfying dishes as Beef Catalan, Ossobuco, Hassle-Free Oven Stew of Lamb with Peppers and Prosciutto, and Glazed Sweet-Sour Spareribs
    • Perfect for cooks on a budget, these recipes make the most of affordable cuts of meat
    • Written by one of America's most respected food writers and cookbook authors

For anyone who wants to eat like a king on a penny-pincher’s budget, Falling Off the Bone leads the way. It brims with nourishing comfort foods that are simple, delicious, and more tender than you ever dreamed possible.

Recipe Excerpts from Falling Off the Bone

Ragout of Beef with Cranberries and Wild Mushrooms

Baltic Lamb and Kale Soup

Pork Shoulder Steaks Creole

From Publishers Weekly

Striking a recessionary tone, Anderson (New Doubleday Cookbook) explores not just beef, veal, lamb, and pork, but focuses specifically upon their less expensive, "bony and/or sinewy cuts." The handy preface provides tips on tenderization, and there are charts illustrating from where upon each animal the tough cuts are carved. Judging from the 163 recipes, there appear to be three essential solutions for dealing with the likes of chuck, rump, riblets, and pig's feet. One can throw them in a soup, cook them low and slow, or surround them with intense flavors. Jade soup with pork and veal dumpling balls, for example, uses ground shoulder, bread crumbs, and cheese for the dumplings, with a buttermilk soup full of chopped spinach. Carbonnade flamande, a Belgian stew, is one of many dishes designed for the slow cooker. Boneless chuck, onions, garlic, and beer are simmered for four hours, then served with boiled potatoes. There are high heat options such as green chili with pinto beans, or spicy braised pork belly, as well as tepid on the tongue choices such as cold sliced veal with tuna mayonnaise, or good ole corned beef and cabbage.
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More About the Author

Winner of six best-cookbook awards and a member of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame, JEAN ANDERSON is one of America's most trusted cookbook authors, a careful researcher and painstaking recipe-tester. She credits her Cornell food chemistry courses plus years in the New York test kitchens of THE LADIES' HOME JOURNAL for teaching her the absolute necessity of recipes that work.

In addition to writing cookbooks, Anderson writes food and travel pieces for major American magazines and newspapers, among them BON APPÉTIT, FAMILY CIRCLE, FOOD & WINE, the late, lamented GOURMET, MORE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and TRAVEL & LEISURE.

Known as the 'RECIPE DOC' because she loves nothing better than diagnosing and solving cooking problems, Anderson was for several years the "red phone" both at GOURMET and THE FOOD NETWORK. Got a recipe prob? Click on www.jeanandersoncooks.com and Anderson will do her best to solve it.

Photo by Rudy Muller.

Customer Reviews

Every recipe looks great, I made 2 and they were really good.
lois lane
Anderson has done a lot of wonderful work for us, so let's make and enjoy some great food as a way to thank her.
Craig Matteson
You can be certain that all recipes are clearly written with logical directions.
robert holmes

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Whiteley Novy on October 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Falling Off the Bone" is a fabulous book if what you want are over 160 recipes for the kind of home-cooked dinners your mother used to make (or you wish she had). For me, these soups, stews, meat loaves and other slow-cooked beef, lamb, veal and pork dishes offer up comfort three ways.

Comfort #1: The aroma that fills the house feels like love itself. And since I've already put everything in the pot and walked away to do other things it seems like someone else is making me dinner.
Comfort #2: Dishing up and diving into a luscious beef bourguignon or a succulent lamb stew or a tasty plate of glazed spareribs. Wonderful!
Comfort #3: These recipes make enough food for a family, and since I live alone I get several more meals out of one effort! How great is that? Usually I treat myself to another serving later in the week and freeze the rest in portion sizes.

Jean Anderson really knows how to cook, and in this book she makes it easy and affordable for anyone old enough to turn on a stove.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Lang on October 26, 2010
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What's more comforting than sitting down to a plate adorned with slow-cooked, flavor-packed meat so tender, that often no knife is needed? As the weather begins to cool and fall takes over, the stockpots get dusted off and slow cookers plugged in. Jean Anderson talks you through each and every step, in very clear terms, to making your table a respite from the cold. As with any of her books, you can trust the recipes and they taste like home.
Each chapter opens with information to educate even experienced cooks on cuts of meat and where they come from. Jean has taken affordable, and often overlooked, cuts of meat and turned them into magnificent meals. With these recipes warming up your kitchen, no one will guess the economy is still storming outside.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TNana on November 20, 2010
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I'm an average cook so all the help Jean Anderson provides: the wonderful ingredient combinations, variety, and easy to understand step by step instructions are just what I need. I made Taverna Lamb and Kalamata Stew for my family and it was WOW!! Ms. Anderson is with you all the way and gives you the confidence to keep trying. This cookbook is an absolute must for everyone.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By I Do The Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 4, 2011
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It is disappointing to me how very shallow this book is in general--or basic--information on the different slow cooking techniques for the large variety of tougher cuts of meat. I was hoping for (pardon me) more "meaty" information--tips, rules, personal experience--on the different slow cooking processes. To the point, I was hoping to be taught and I was not. I was hoping for more information on the different tougher cuts of meat and how best to cook them, (or how not to cook them). For instance, what cuts can be substituted for others? What best size "large" dutch oven to use for cubes, slabs, roasts? Why use one temperature in this recipe and a different temperature in the next recipe? How do I adapt my recipe to work with a thinner or thicker cut, or a roast that weighs a pound more than called for? How high up the side of my dutch oven should the liquid come to--knowing that my "large" pot might not be the size of your "large" pot?

The book has plenty of "tips", but why give tips on how to boil an egg or cook rice, or why to use time-saving sliced mushrooms or bagged baby carrots, when Ms. Anderson could have really zoned in on more pertinent tips on slow cooking or tough meat cuts?

I was hoping to see some recipes for some of the more unusual cuts of meat like beef cheeks, beef neck, tripe, tongue, etc. There are a lot of recipes for cubed beef chuck and cubed pork, but not so much for chuck roasts or pork shoulder roasts. Why not?

And, I want to point out that while the book is full of recipes for inexpensive cuts of beef and pork, it is also full of very expensive veal and somewhat less expensive lamb. In other words, not all the recipes in ths book are economical.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By robert holmes on October 25, 2010
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Any arrival of a new Jean Anderson cookbook is a joyous event, and this one is no exception. Chock full of incredible recipes using the "lesser" cuts of meat (Those which cost less and are full of flavor), the first problem the reader has is which one to cook first? I just start at the beginning.

There are certain things you can be certain of when you see Jean Anderson's name on a bookbook. The first is she actually wrote the book, not a given in these days of ghost written cookbooks. You can be certain that all recipes have been well tested by her in her Chapel Hill home. Envy those lucky folks who come in for lunch to taste and rate the recipes. You can be certain that all recipes are clearly written with logical directions. And you can be certain that all the dishes will be delicious.

With the cooler weather upon us, what an autumn culinary offering this beautiful book is.

I give it 5 stars and would give it more if I could.
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36 of 50 people found the following review helpful By NessDog on January 9, 2011
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Let me start off by saying I absolutely love the art of the braise and any slow-cooking method that transforms so-called 'lesser' cuts of meat. So I was eagerly anticipating this book, only to be extremely disappointed by the completely misleading title and cover art. Of the 163 recipes in "Falling Off the Bone", only 42 actually require meat that has a bone! I know not every single recipe need HAVE a bone in such a book, but for the vast majority of recipes to ask for 'boneless' or 'boned' cuts of meat, the BONE should not be featured so prominently in the title and the picture. I was looking forward to a book full of recipes like the beautiful bones on the cover... only to be met by a metaphorical compendium of boneless dishes. A better title would have centered around what the book has in vast number, which is variations of the same stew. Stews and Hot Pots, maybe? The most 'bones' are located in the pork section, due to the rib recipes found there. But there are only 3 recipes for veal that have a bone! (If you're looking for a BONE to chew, look for Jennifer McLagan's Bones: Recipes, History, and Lore. Also, not all bones, but great recipes, see Molly Stevens' All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking.")

My other major gripe about this cookbook is that it is supposedly designed to save the cook money, geared as it is toward utilization of those 'cheaper' cuts of meat.
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