Pure Charcuterie

The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home

Create beautiful cured meats at home, revel in the delicious combination of craft and thrift, and discover creativity and empowerment through charcuterie practice. Meredith Leigh makes a case for meat preservation both as a means of artistic expression and flavorful eating, in a beautiful, accessible guide for the everyday cook.

By: Meredith Leigh

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“Combines the worlds of ethical meat production with innovative ingredients and techniques . . . a must-own for amateur and professional butchers alike.”—Chef Clark Barlowe, Heirloom Restaurant, Charlotte, NC

Cured meat products arose from the need for preservation, in a time when cooking and refrigeration were not always available. Today, charcuterie is an embodiment of art in the kitchen, combining precision, balance, patience, and creativity; an economy of ingredients, as poetry is an economy of words. The confluence of these elements, along with the purest of ingredients, can enable anyone to craft cured meats in their home.

Pure Charcuterie is a practical and artistic look at the techniques for curing meat at home both as a creative hands-on craft and as a fantastic and sustainable way to preserve highly valuable food. This accessible, beautiful, visual guide walks the reader through the process of making charcuterie, including:

  • Sourcing ingredients
  • Clear explanations of charcuterie technique
  • Creative recipes balancing tradition and invention
  • Smoking meats and building your own smoker

The analogies drawn between art and food, along with creative and accessible photographic discussions of charcuterie technique, make this book an essential primer on the basics of charcuterie: the mystery, the science, the art, and the technique. Ideal for home cooks working in small spaces, Pure Charcuterie is a must-have for experienced and new cooks alike—and any home artisan.

“I don’t know of anyone that can make a description of making mortadella sound poetic, funny, emotionally engaging and most importantly, to the point.”—Rey Tagle, home charcuterie master

“Takes the reader on a meaty, and yet artistic journey into the wonderful world of curing meats.”—Hank Will, editorial director, Mother Earth News

About The Author(s)

Meredith Leigh has worked as a farmer, butcher, chef, teacher, non-profit executive director, consultant, and writer for the past 17 years, all in the pursuit of sustainable food. She has amassed a wealth of experience and perspective in re-imagining mindful foodways, and focuses particularly on supply chain development, whole systems thinking, and the cultural implications of food activism. She is passionate about integrated agriculture that includes plants and animals in dynamic rotation, soil and food microbiology, and food preservation. She is the author of Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meats at Home, and has written for Mother Earth NewsGRITCrop Stories, and Edible Asheville. She travels extensively teaching charcuterie and food production and processing to chefs, butchers, home cooks, and farmers. She lives with her partner and four children in Asheville, NC.

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Book Specifications

ISBN: 9780865718609

Page Count: 160

Dimensions: 7.5 × 9 × 0.32 in

Publication Date: November 06, 2017

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