Artisan cooks who are familiar with their farmers market are now buying small farm raised meat in butcher-sized portions. Dubbed a rock star butcher by the New York Times, San Francisco chef and self-taught meat expert Ryan Farr demystifies the butchery process with 500 step-by-step photographs, master recipes for key cuts, and a primer on tools, techniques, and meat handling. This visual manual is the first to teach by showing exactly what butchers know; whether cooks want to learn how to turn a primal into familiar and special cuts or to simply identify everything in the case at the market.
Ryan Farr is a San Francisco-based chef/butcher and founder of 4505 Meats where he makes artisanal sausages and his patented chicharrones, and teaches sell-out butchery classes for home and professional cooks. Ed Anderson is a photographer specialising in food and the people who make it.