I get lots of offers of books, but I accept for review only the few that promise to be exceptional. (And my accepting a book does not obligate me to write about or recommend it.) I read about Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut and about its author before deciding to accept it. One of the things that caught my attention was that author Lynne Curry is a former vegetarian. I've been vegetarian at various times of my life and never felt good about eating meat until ethically, sustainably, humanely raised and harvested grassfed meats became available.
In Part 1, the part I was most interested in, Curry (in her very non-preachy way) makes the case for grassfed beef and covers all the issues beef consumers need to know. Part 2, the part with the recipes, is where the surprise came in. I see so many poorly written recipes and recipes that were obviously never actually made by anyone, let alone tested, that I'm surprised when I find a collection of really good recipes like this.
Curry's recipes for every cut, even the under-appreciated and lesser known ones, are clearly written and represent a wide range of global influences. From perfect grassfed hamburgers to porcini-rubbed tenderloin with saba sauce and braised lentils. Whether you're interested in the grassfed movement or just looking for some good beef recipes, you won't be disappointed.
One winner will receive a copy of Pure Beef from Running Press. All US residents who leave a comment (one entry per person)--and DO make it a "real" comment, something meaningful--on this post before 11:59 pm Eastern time Wednesday July 11 will be put into a random drawing. Winner will be announced here in the comments before noon Eastern time on Thursday July 12. (Note: Those posting comments anonymously must include a valid email address in their comment to be eligible for the drawing.) If I don't hear back from the winner of the random drawing by 11:59 am Eastern time Sunday, July 15, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected from the original entrants (those who commented before the giveaway deadline).
Disclosure: A copy of this book was sent to me for review purposes. I was not required to post about it and received no compensation for doing so.
Note: The burger in the photo is grassfed ground beef on my Homemade Hamburger Buns.