is a celebration of the art of the butcher…While the book covers many common cuts and options, it also explores — and gives recipes for — some lesser-known cuts and under-used animals. You'll learn the primal cuts for lamb, goat and venison in addition to understanding the different "personalities" of steaks (what distinguishes a filet from a strip steak, a rib-eye from flank). The recipes are both informative, and fun."
-Los Angeles Times
"This oversize paean to the many joys of dismembering whole beasts features nose-to-tail recipes from many of the country’s new butcher-block rock stars."
- Time Out New York
"Marissa Guggiana’s Primal Cuts
is proof that our obsession with butchery and whole-beast cooking hasn’t yet reached a saturation point. Filled with interviews from butchers and chefs, recipes, and charts (on topics like sharing a cow)—Guggiana’s book is a modern meat manual that celebrates the craft of old-world butchery and sustainably-raised meat without resorting to overwrought praise and glorification." - 7x7
is a book that celebrates butchers...full of straightforward, meat-focused dishes, each accompanied by a story about a member of the new, unexpected generation of American butchers — young, focused on quality and unwilling to compromise.”
"Marissa's ode to pork, lamb, beef, goat, duck and chicken is a can't-look-away book filled with well-worn recipes, illustrations and unfliching images of raw meat and white-coated butchers. A primal look at the food that fuels us, and a story of where that food comes from in all its carnivorous glory."
"[Marissa Guggiana] has delivered the definitive guide to the country's carvers... At 287 pages and roughly as weighty as a rack of lamb, housed in a butcher-paper jacket, the book is full of butcher profiles, recipes, tips, philosophies and information along with hundreds of incredible photos."
- North Bay Bohemian
"Primal Cuts: Cooking with America's Best Butchers
offers a focus on locally sourced meats with a survey of techniques and recipes from butchers across America, in effect creating a modern 'bible' packed with the latest meat insights. Each step is illustrated in a visual cookbook that describes 100 recipes and covers everything from hot dogs to roasted goose and braised rabbit. The butchers themselves receive high profile in this unique presentation, highly recommended for any culinary collection."
- California Bookwatch
“A great book for people who want to know where their meat comes from.”
- Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human
“Anyone who laments the disappearance of the craft of butchery as a casualty of the industrial meat system will take heart in the very hopeful message of this book--that a new generation of butchers are restoring time-honored traditions in all corners of the country”.
- Paul Bertolli, chef, author of Cooking by Hand
Marissa Guggiana is the president of Sonoma Direct, a purveyor of sustainably raised meats, the co-founder of Secret Eating Society and a leader in Slow Food, for which she was the charcuterie curator at the inaugural Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco. A contributor to Saveur.com, since 2008 Marissa has been the co-editor of Meatpaper
, a quarterly magazine exploring the art, ideas, and culture of everything meat-related.