Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef Paperback – Apr 26 2011
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Schatzker has done an ace job of combining interesting historical facts and stories, dense lessons on food and animal science, and amusing accounts of his steak-seeking travels into an entertaining, story-shaped narrative arc. Globe and Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mark Schatzker is a columnist for The Globe and Mail and frequent contributor to Conde Nast Traveler and Slate. He has been a finalist for a James Beard journalism award and lives in Toronto, Canada.
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Schatzker's eight country, four continent tour in pursuit of the world's best tasting steak is not just about finding, eating, and occasionally enjoying great steak. There's an underlying equally important message here for both omnivores and vegetarians. That is, it is critical for all of us to develop closer relationships with farm level food suppliers--those farmers who have the utmost respect for land, animal, flavour, and nutrition.
Tall order you say? That's why the author has difficulty finding a great tasting steak. It's not to be found in the supermarkets, steak houses, or even most of our high-end butcher shops. That's where almost invariably one finds 'commodity beef'-- beef from feedlot grain stuffed cows that have been grown for the sake of quick profit, not great taste.
Near the end of the book, no matter the country, the reader realizes unless his/her steak is from a farm that respects both animal and consumer, it's probably not worth eating. To the credit of the author, he illustrates the importance of the farmer-animal-consumer relationship by raising his own beef cow. As you can imagine the result is some really delicious steaks.
Reading 'Steak' will help you realize more personal responsibility has to be taken if good food, not just steak, is going to be more of a constant in our lives. Abdicating this responsibility and leaving it in the hands of Big Agra only serves the corporate bottom line, not our needs.Read more ›
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A juicy tale of steak that has clearly been marbled with Michael Pollan's influence. Enjoyed the book, and now know a little bit more than I ever wanted to know about the subject. Read morePublished on June 27 2011 by A. Bell
This is a book that all serious foodies (like myself) will enjoy. Even the most dedicated vegan should find the information about the agricultural and industrial aspects of putting... Read morePublished on April 29 2011 by C. J. Thompson