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Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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Jennifer McLagan is a chef, food stylist, and writer who has worked in London and Paris as well as her native Australia. Her book, Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes, won the Best Single Subject Cookbook award, as well as Cookbook of the Year, at the 2009 James Beard Awards. Her first book, Bones, was widely acclaimed, winning the James Beard Award for single-subject food writing. She is a regular contributor to Fine Cooking and Food & Drink. She has lived in Toronto for more than 27 years with her sculptor husband, Haralds Gaikis, with whom she escapes to Paris as often as possible. On both sides of the Atlantic, Jennifer maintains friendly relations with her butchers, who put aside their best fat and bones for her.
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Pumpkin and Bacon Soup
(Makes 3 quarts/3 l)
- 1/2 pound/225 g side (slab) bacon
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 1 large sprig sage
- hubbard squash or other firm, dry pumpkin or winter squash (about 3-1/3 pounds/1.5 kg)
- 8 cups/2 l water
- Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Remove the rind and any hard, dry skin from the bacon. Cut the bacon into 1/4-inch/6-mm dice.
Place a large saucepan over low heat, add the bacon pieces, and cook gently so they render their fat. When most of their fat is rendered, add the onion, celery, and sage, stirring to coat with the fat. Cook until the vegetables soften slightly, about 7 minutes.
Cut the squash into quarters and remove the seeds. Peel the squash and coarsely chop into smaller, even-sized pieces. Set aside.
Pour 1 cup/250 ml of the water into the pan with the vegetables, increase the heat to high and, using a wooden spoon, deglaze the pan, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom. Add the remaining 7 cups/1.75 l water, the squash pieces, 1 tablespoon of salt, and some pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, until the squash is very soft, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove the sage and let the soup cool slightly.
Purée the soup, in batches, in a blender and pour into a clean saucepan. Taste and adjust the seasoning, and reheat the soup to serve.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Persuasively arguing that the never-ending quest for "health" has gone too far, McLagan's elegant and informed look at this most maligned ingredient is appropriately unctuous. A crucial part of our diets, fat not only provides health benefits but pure pleasure: few ingredients can carry flavor the way fat does. Breaking the topic down into categories (butter, pork, poultry, beef-and-lamb), McLagan carefully chooses recipes that showcase the role of fat in imparting and carrying flavor. Versatile butter adds richness to pastry dough, a sweet nuttiness to Brown Butter Ice Cream, thickens classic sauces and can be used to gently poach scallops. A classic BLT gets a jolt of flavor from bacon-fat mayonnaise, and sliced Yukon Gold potatoes cooked in duck fat are practically ambrosial. While there's a fair number of indulgent dishes (3-inch bone-in ribeyes served with a red wine sauce and roasted bone marrow, a pork-fat laden twist on peanut brittle), McLagan emphasizes flavor and application over decadence. Digressions like those on the history of Crisco, fat as an art medium and a thoughtful look at foie gras are welcome and enlightening. Her mixture of science, cultural anthropology and culinary imagination are intoxicating, making this a crucial work on the topic.
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Top customer reviews
Having said that, if you are looking for a collection of fat-centric recipes, it is a solid 5 stars. They all look delicious. The book is very handsome.
It's got some great basic instructions, like making one's own salt pork (the purchased stuff always tastes rancid to me), and rendering lard for cooking and baking (a lard/butter crust is probably the ideal piecrust, especially if one uses leaf lard... and commercial lard is chemically hydrogenated so it has trans-fats).
I've focused more on trying out the basics than the fancier recipes thus far, but I'm VERY happy with my results. Next winter i will cook my husband a steak-and-kidney pudding!
it's a gorgeous book, too. And the recipes are very detailed and precise, and the ones I've made have worked perfectly.
The author draws you in from the first page onward. I am convinced! I use butter anyway but am going to get back to bacon grease and other fats instead of olive oil for cooking. I grew up with food made with lard. With beef and pork and chicken that tasted delicious with their fats. The author explains why our food used to taste delicious and was healthy before all the fad diets and so-called experts took it all away.
This book is one you'll enjoy reading from cover to cover. I'm no expert cook but I'm going to cook with more sense and more flavor and fewer fears that "fat is bad for me." Thank you, Jennifer McLagan for your gift to us.
For years, I've ordered my fully rendered leaf lard from Dietrich's Meats; always saved all the various fats rendered from whatever I could (I don't keep my bacon grease in a container on the stove, as my parents did. I keep it in the fridge or freezer.).
I suggest a test: Try deep frying Anything in canola oil (or peanut, or whatever oil), and try another batch in any animal fat. Taste is so important to contentment.
One of the reviewers said, "Here is one thing I will say, since I have cooked out of this book this week, I am not hungry or craving food." And that says it all!
Yes, I use some Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil, but only for the things that need them, like salad dressings. I don't replace the proper animal fats with them.
Again, it's too bad that McLagan is probably "preaching to the choir."