Ugly Food by Richard Horsey
Overlooked and Undercooked

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The authors make an impassioned case for why we should prefer the likes of sea robin, a plug-ugly whiskered fish found along America's eastern seaboard, to the comelier but parlously-overfished Atlantic cod and its kin.
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Why don't we eat more octopus? What about gurnard and other ugly fish? Cheeks and feet are cheap and delicious, but people prefer fillet or chops. What about rabbits and squirrels? Where do all the giblets go? And what's wrong with ugly vegetables?

This book is about ingredients that are neglected, overlooked, forgotten. They are all tasty, sustainable and cheap, and easy to cook when you know how. Ugly Food aims to change the way people think about them, and the way they think about eating them.

The food industry, like the fashion industry, seems driven by the pursuit of impossible perfection: pre-packaged meats with nary a head or foot or set of giblets in sight; rows of blemish-free fruit and vegetables in supermarkets tasting of not-very- much; and a steady stream of cookbooks containing photo-shopped, super-saturated photos of beautiful dishes bathed in sunlight.

In contrast, Horsey and Wharton take an unpretentious, practical approach. They reveal the tips and tricks you need to prepare these undervalued foods with ease. And, alongside recipes, they provide social histories of ingredients that are positively brimming over with fascinating facts, fictions, and, of course, flavors.

Recipes include:
Ox-Cheek Salad à la Hongroise
Lao Chicken Feet Salad
Maldivian Curried Octopus
Spiced Squirrel Popcorn
Deep-fried Rabbit Ears
Sheep's Brain on Toast
Char Siu Pigs' Cheeks
 

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Published April 17, 2017 by Hurst. 288 pages
Genres: Cooking.
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Reviewed by Stephen Phillips on Apr 20 2017

The authors make an impassioned case for why we should prefer the likes of sea robin, a plug-ugly whiskered fish found along America's eastern seaboard, to the comelier but parlously-overfished Atlantic cod and its kin.

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