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One doesn't need a huge meat factory to make excellent meat. "Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages" is a guide for the do-it-yourself individual who wants to make their own sausages and other quality meats to put their own spin on these classics. From making good cures to smoking meat and living up the USDA standards, "Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages" is a top pick for anyone who likes making their own food.
- Midwest Book Review

Here is the 'whole earth catalog' of sausage making and meat curing, appropriate for beginners and experts alike. It's all here -- all the info about the equipment, the methods, the meat, the recipes -- absolutely everything you'll need to become an quality meat processor. This well-organized and well-written book will help you turn your beef, pork, wild game, fish or fowl into great tasting products. The Marianskis definitely know what they're doing, and sharing their expertise with this book is a gift to us all.
- Jim Barnes, Editor Independent Publisher Online

Home Production is not for the faint of heart (or vegetarian). At nearly 700 pages, it's a meaty tome. The vast amount of information, though wonderfully laid out and clearly explained, may scare off someone who is looking for something more lightweight. Home Production will probably interest the more serious amateur, a reader looking for "just a recipe" should probably go elsewhere.
  One of the most clearly written and serious cooking science books available to home cooks, Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages is the ideal reference for the reader interested in self-sufficiency. Armed with the information in Home Production and the willingness to experiment, nearly anyone could become a confident sausage-maker. 
- Claire Rudy Foster, ForeWord Reviews

Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages, is the definitive, complete reference guide on the subject, sort of a Bible for carnivores. The great thing about this hefty book is that it not only offers recipes, but is designed to educate the reader about meat technology and the actual process of sausage making at home. Intended to "bridge the gap that exists between highly technical textbooks and the requirement of the typical hobbyist, the book's main saving grace is that it doesn't contain a lot of jargon that needs decoding, it also provides many useful illustrations and drawings.
- San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Stanley Marianski is the author of eleven books which include topics on meat smoking, pickling and making alcoholic beverages. Stanley actively participates in many forums and conferences related to meat smoking; he is a regular participant of the Wedliny Domowe National Conference in Poland where purveyors of meat products get the opportunity to showcase their goods. His main objective in writing his books which always contain diagrams is to help the reader "understand the sausage making process" and then "create his own recipes." His passion for creating unique sausage blends have been handed down from generations and he looks forward to continue sharing this passion with sons who also co-authored most of his books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 708 pages
  • Publisher: Bookmagic, LLC (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982426739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982426739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Hanna on June 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the best.
If you want to buy one book about sausages,this is the one ,believe me you do not need any other.
It made me understand clearly the magic of sausage making,
I can from now on formulate my own sausages because now i know quite well the science behind.
Until now i made the following sausages :-
1-Kosher beef sausage
2-Liver pate sausage
3-Mortadella di bologna
4-Mortadella lyoner
Taste ,texture and aroma are out of this world especially if you allow them to mature for 2 or 3 days in the fridge before you consume them.
Honestly they are better than the ones that i use to buy from the deli.
For me no more buying from the shops.
Page 153 and 154 alone worth the price of this book because they simply provide you with the secret of making better than the shops sausages
Large variety of sausages as an example fresh sausages ,cooked sausages,emulsified sausages,boiled sausages,liver sausages ,head cheeses and meat jelies,fermented sausages and for the first time ever in any book that i read and owned a full chapter on kosher sausages (special sausages)
They show you exceedingly simple,easy methods and techniques to achieve a first class products
Full chapter on how to cure meat , the different methods used and the ingredients to use
Full chapters on how to make hams,bacons and dried meats
Full chapters on poultry,fish and wild game
Full chapters on barbecuing and canning
They are two types of Pastrami in this book ,the cooked (pastrami)and the dried uncooked (pastirma )they are next in my list to make.
Actally i can not say enough about this book ,it is the complete book about sausages and cured meat ever written
I recommend it highly.
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Yes, I've read Ruhlman's "Charcuterie" (poor IMO) and Jane Grigson's "Charcuterie & French Pork Cookery" & Kuta's "great Sausage Recipes and meat curing" However...for Charcuterie, nothing touches this.

This is book is NOT about fresh sausage or Duck Confit(Ruhlman)This book is about:

CHARCUTERIE dried, smoked, cured, brined & jellied!!!

A good section on meat science (I think possibly lifted from Forrest's "Principles of Meat Science"? LOL)it covers all of the areas I mentioned above...for novice or advanced (I make 6 - 12 different types of salamis, loins, butts, hams & bacons every year).

If you are interested specifically in making salamis then their other book "The art of making Fermented Sausages" has more recipes, but the rest of that material is covered in this book as well.

If you want make Charcuterie, this is THE definitive book printed to date. Thanks again guys.
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Just one look at the cover and one realizes that they didn't put much time or money in the Graphic Design portion of the book. Why? They were too busy giving you a bibles worth of information on a tricky subject that is not well defined in the pantheon of cooking books.

This book suffers from a few grammatical errors here and there, and a couple anomalies in the way they present multiple amounts in a few of the recipes. Why? Because these are sausage makers that have turned book writers because they want to share their enormous wealth of information.

This isn't a beautiful book with glossy pictures and sharp writing. This isn't a book for your coffee table. This is a book to push you to become an expert sausage maker. And it's amazing. I love all kinds of cookbooks - but the kind I love the most are the ones that teach me new methods to make amazing food. And this was the best 15 bucks I've ever spent on a cookbook.

Note: All the recipes that put meat through dangerous conditions (ie. botulism loving conditions) use nitrates. They talk a lot about nitrates and don't give ways to avoid nitrates, so if that's what you're looking for steer clear. But it's understandable - cured and cold smoked sausages used to cause a large percentage of fatal food poisoning cases around the world, but nitrates have made them very safe. But there are plenty of recipes without nitrates and there is such good detail in the techniques that you can use the information to change certain techniques of recipes to avoid nitrates - like say, avoiding smoking sausages in the botulism danger range so that you dont need the nitrates. This will affect the taste though. In other words even if you are aiming for the non-nitrate route this book is SUPER helpful.
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I have for you two books on sausage making and both are outstanding. The two are similar, but they approach the topic in different ways. The first, "Mastering the Craft of Making Sausage" by Warren R. Anderson ($19.95, Burford Books, 310 pp.) comes from the viewpoint of somebody who decided to make their own sausage at home. Anderson evens confesses in his introduction that his interests in home sausage making were ignited only after he'd moved to an area that was devoid of the wursts he'd come to love. He resorted to his own means and after years of research and trial and error, he shares it all in this book. It's well written in a conversational tone and he shares his personal experiences throughout the book. It almost like having him there at your elbow as you try home sausage making on your own.
The second book, "Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages" by Stanley Marianski and Adam Marianski ($26.95, Bookmagic LLC, 686 pp.) starts from that same viewpoint, but takes the topic to a degree of detail that seemingly makes this a text book. There's definitely no question left unanswered in "Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages", plus there are sections on ham, bacons, dried meats and more. The Marianskis have previously been featured in this column for their book "Meat Smoking and Smokehouse Design", which was also well received. As with their previous book, they cover the topic in depth and write in a very concise, almost technical style. There are plenty of illustrations to support the information.
Take your pick or buy them both. If you're ready to launch into home sausage making, these are the books for you.
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