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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119388
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.7 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Duffin on July 14 2010
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Mark Schatzker's 'Steak' has to be one of 2010's best meat books, if not one of this year's top food reads. Even before purchasing 'Steak', I had a feeling it was going to be a great read when my local library informed me I was #58 on the waiting list. Couldn't wait, off to Amazon I went.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Rotenberg on July 9 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book. Fun read and very informative. Turned me into an obsessive carnivore, but only for grass fed ribeyes please!
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By Boyew on May 20 2010
Format: Hardcover
Schatzker's book on steak is not just for steak lovers. He tells a fascinating tale of travel and adventure while seeking the best steak. This book will provide the reader with a mountain of steak lore and fact while seeing the world through Schatzker's eyes (or is it his stomach?) I loved this book and recommend it to anyone - steak lover or not!
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