A comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to everything you need to know about selecting, butchering, preparing, and cooking every kind of meat, including beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and wild game.In SECRETS OF THE BUTCHER, author Arthur Le Caisne takes readers step-by-step through the ever-evolving and artisanal world of meat. Much more than just a book on how to butcher meat, SECRETS OF THE BUTCHER covers every aspect of selecting, preparing, and eating meat. Organized by type of protein--beef, veal, pork, lamb, poultry, and turkey--the book categorizes and describes the origin and characteristics of the best of each type. It explains all of the cuts and how they are best prepared, and offers tips and recipes for each. With full-color illustrations, Le Caisne includes over twenty breeds of each animal from Black Angus cows to Iberico pigs to Rhode Island Red chickens. From understanding the benefit of grass-fed beef to the locavore movement to the color of the cut, choosing meat will never feel daunting again. SECRETS OF THE BUTCHER also includes state-of-the-art information on techniques such as brazing, roasting, and grilling; what types of cooking oil to use and at what temperature; recommended salts, peppers, and other spices for every type of meat; and, of course, how to butcher every type of meat.Fully illustrated throughout with clear and useful four-color illustrations, SECRETS OF THE BUTCHER will be a stand-out package against photographic books in this growing category.