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Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient with Recipes by Jennifer McLagan

Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient with Recipes by Jennifer McLagan

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For all of history, apart from the last thirty years, fat has been at the center of human diets and cultures. When scientists theorized a link between saturated fat and heart disease, industry, media, and government joined forces to label fat a greasy killer, to be avoided. But according to Jennifer McLagan, not only is our fat phobia overwrought, it also hasn’t benefitted us in any way.

Instead it has driven us into the arms of trans fats and refined carbohydrates, and fostered punitive, dreary attitudes toward food–that wellspring of life and pleasure.

In Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, McLagan sets out with equal parts passion, scholarship, and appetite to win us back to a healthy relationship with animal fats. She starts by defusing fat’s bad rap, both reminding us of what we already know - that fat is fundamental to the flavor of our food - and enlightening us with the many ways fat (yes, even animal fat) is indispensable to our health.

Mostly, though, Fat is about pleasures - the satisfactions of handling good ingredients skillfully, learning the cultural associations of these primal foodstuffs, recollecting and creating personal memories of beloved dishes, and gratifying the palate and the soul with fat’s irreplaceable savor. Fat lavishes the reader with more than 100 recipes from simple to intricate, classic to contemporary.

About the author

Jennifer McLagan is a chef and food stylist and writer who has worked in Toronto, London, and Paris as well as her native Australia. She is a regular contributor to Fine Cooking and Food & Drink.

Book details

Hardcover
232 pages
Publisher
Jacqui Small LLP
Publication date
March 2009
ISBN-10
190641727X
ISBN-13
9781906417277

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