Hello all! I’ve been busy running and gunning, but don’t you think for a second that I’ve not been paying attention to the ever-changing, ever-intriguing world of food. As a matter of fact, Hunter Angler Gardner Cook writer Hank Shaw is in town right now and I have been oh-so lucky to have spent a good amount of time talking, cooking and laughing with him and my buddy Paul C. Hank is driving from state to state promoting his newly released book “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast“. He also had a chance to sign copies for the people who donated during my crazy 24 hour cook-a-thon so, if you’re expecting a copy from me, it’ll be on it’s way to you this weekend–graced with Hank’s signature.
One of the things we talked about was Bon Appetit’s piece on Mr. Henderson which you can find on shelves now. There’s only one problem:
THEY DON’T MENTION MR. HENDERSON ON THE COVER AT ALL!
When I mentioned my irritation of the omission, claiming that Mr. Henderson had contributed more to cooking than Mrs. Paltrow ever would, Hank set me straight.
“I’ve seen her book actually, and it’s solid.” Hank said.
“Really, and you need to take something else into consideration Ryan. She’s a going to sell pallets of her book and people will likely cook from it. To you and I, Fergus isn’t far out there at all, but to the soccer moms and people who’ve never cooked before he’s a niche chef, cooking weird things. She’s going to have a big impact, and cooking will be better for it.”
It stung a little thinking of nose-to-tail eating as niche, but I couldn’t even begin to dispute his point. He was right, and I knew it. It’s my hope that some day the general population won’t gag at the idea of eating tripe, but that day isn’t here yet. It was a sobering conversation, but the wake up call was appreciated.
For you and I though, this article is excellent. Much love to Christine Muhlke for the insider’s view of a Sunday Roast with the Hendersons and to Ditte Isager for the exquisite photography. Each picture caused the grin plastered to my face to expand wider and wider. Below are pictures of the piece, but I highly suggest running out and grabbing a copy because of the recipes which include the oh-so-delicious Roast Bone Marrow with Parsley Salad and instructions on making quite possibly the best Chocolate Ice Cream to ever grace the planet. Yeah, it really is that good. Cross my heart.
You can check it out online too, but grab a physical copy if you can. Help support our food-writing friends.