Life: Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behaviour Hardcover – Nov 10 2009
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If you've ever swooned over a bite of Beef Bourguignon or marveled at your mom's amazing pot roast, you'll love this mouthwatering collection of recipes from six-time best cookbook award winner Jean Anderson. You'll find a world of easy, economical meat dishes here so succulent they melt in your mouth and so good they're off-the-charts delicious.
In our rush to do everything on fast-forward, we forget the slow-and-low cooking methods that can turn the most common and affordable cut of meat into a supremely tender and tasty family meal. The toughest veal shank slowly simmered in broth is magically transformed into a fall-off-the-bone-tender Ossobuco. A bony beef tail stewed with vegetables becomes a deeply flavorful and nourishing Oxtail Soup. All over the world, the most satisfying and soulful meat dishes don't cost a lot of moneythey just take a little more time (make that unattended time) and a little more love.
There's nothing like the aroma of an all-day stew or pot roast simmering in the kitchen as it grows more tender by the minute. Falling Off the Bone reminds you just how easy hearty home cooking can be with simple cooking instructions and basic ingredients, as well as gorgeous color photography to whet your appetite along the way. You'll find family favorites from around the world here, all made from the most affordable cuts of beef, veal, lamb, or pork.
Tuscan Veal Pot Roast in Lemon Sauce, Curried Lamb Shanks with Almond Pilaf, Onion-Smothered Chicken-Fried Steak, Spicy Braised Pork Belly with Glazed Carrotsthese and oh so many more luscious family meals require just a few ingredients and a few hours of nurturing low heat. Cooked lazily in a stewpot, Dutch oven, or slow cooker, even the plainest, cheapest, most common cuts emerge more flavorful and, yes, more tender than the priciest steak at the fanciest butcher shop.
It's time to get back to the real food that brings the whole family to the table with ready smiles and eager appetites. Falling Off the Bone lets you rediscover melt-in-your-mouth meals that aren't just truly rich in taste but also easy on the budgetand even easier on the cook. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As anyone who has seen the BBC documentary Life (narrated by David Attenborough) [Blu-ray] can attest, the imagery is stunning, and that holds true in the book. Featuring a mix of shots, from "portraits" to action to landscape, they are all amazing. In addition, the print quality is excellent, unlike some other books I've seen.
The book is divided into chapters along the same lines as the DVD. In my opinion, it is the narrative that sets Life apart from other similar books. Incredibly informative, it balances on that delicate line between too simple and overwhelming. Each chapter begins with smaller photos and a few pages of information, often a summary of the narrative from the film, (the version narrated by David Attenborough, not Oprah). Each of the larger photos in the chapter are then accompanied by a short paragraph explaining the who, what, where, and why. Finally, the index is particularly useful in finding specific photos because the organization is based more on behavior than animal type.
Anyone interested in nature, animals, or photography will enjoy this book.
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I like to read books cover-to-cover, and for this purpose I would probably give it 3 stars (admittedly many people probably wouldn't buy the book with this objective). For one thing, because it's topic is 'life', a rather broad topic by any stretch (or as it is more covered in this book 'life that has unusual approaches to procreation or fighting/survival') it can't cover anything in depth and each essay is really more a stand-alone piece loosely connected together rather than a single narrative. Also, and this might not sound like a big deal, but if you plan to read it for any length of time believe me it is, the book is very large and very heavy with small font. That makes for fantastic photos as I mentioned above, but there was just no comfortable way to read it for any length of time. The best I was able to come up with was having it on a table and sitting at a desk like a student. Not my favorite way to read for enjoyment!
So, I recommend the book with the caveat that I recommend it to be enjoyed over the long term. Look at the pictures. Read an interesting essay or two and come back to it periodically rather than read through it like a novel.
All devided and explained about, good for Mid to Early Thirties people
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