Chinese Looed Beef Tongue (I'm going to try this with our venison tongues and let you know how it goes)
Look at that roast! You just wouldn't see that kind of abundant, deep yellow fat in the pages of most recipe books today. Our ancestors understood the importance of such fat, rich in vitamins A&D, to keep them healthy and properly nourished.
I have a few cookbooks written in the last decade that I think are worthy of my kitchen, but by far, the cookbooks produced today usually reflect the sad state of our nutritional degeneration. They're replete with vegetable oils, sugars, and gluten. My old cookbooks are different. There's page upon page of meats and soups and stews, busting with home rendered fats and butter. These cookbooks put emphasis on using the whole animal and on teaching proper preparation skills. There's nary a grilled meat or cookie recipe to be found.
How to cook a fish.
Details on how to cook all parts of your piggy.make soup stock. There is none of this "prepared stock" stuff. That would be silly. Why would anyone need to pay money for an inferior stock when you have the drippings and the bones from the animal you just ate?
There's a 'given' in these pages that creates a sense of ease. When I use recipes from these books I feel like a bit of an excavator, digging up these presents from the past. There's a great deal of gratitude in preparing food my farmers raised and grew with such love and then coming home and finding advice in these pages. Whispers from ghosts of wonderful cooks from the past. This is the knowledge we need to guard against losing. We need to remember that a fish comes with a head on it, not just a square wrapped in plastic. We need to know why we need to eat the organ meat and how to prepare it. If we don't work at keeping this knowledge alive in our own kitchens, these skills will be gone forever. I want my kids to know that we render fat to cook things in, not that they go to the grocery store and pick up a jug of refined, toxic vegetable oil to splash in their nonstick pan. That's not cooking. This stuff, here in these books, this is cooking.