Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cookbook review: Fat

The name says it all. Fat ($21.45 at Amazon). Fat has been inappropriately vilified--yes, too much of it is bad for you, but it's crucial to the working of your body and brain. (In fact, with no fat intake at all, your brain literally stops working.) And let's not confuse bad fat--usually chemically produced, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, trans fat-type fats, the kind found in junk/fast/convenience foods--with plain old regular animal fat, which is good for you in appropriate amounts. Few ingredients can carry flavor like animal fat. And yes, okay, there are recipes like marrow sauce, but there are also recipes for pumpkin and bacon soup, caramel sauce, and brown butter ice cream.

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