The book is an exploration of cooking from around the world, concentrating in particular on meat dishes based on cuts taken from the face of animals. Below is a list of various interesting meats included in the books:
Scrabble (lips, snout, eyes) – US South
Calf’s head – France
Pig’s head – Hungary
Sheep’s head – Norway
Goat’s head – Africa + Cannary Islands
Battered Seal Face – Shetlands
Gibbon’s Eyelashes – Portugal
Mouse nose on lettuce – UK
Bat’s teeth – Shetlands
Squirrel brains – US South
Roasted animal cheeks (Otter preference) – River Dart, Nr Totnes, South Hams, Devon, UK
The illustration below is from the ‘Cheeks’ chapter in the new book and this particular photo was taken at the home of a man called ‘King Otter’, who Heston Blumentrousers met when he was out punting on the River Dart in late summer 2010.
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King Otter has lived in ‘Otter Castle’ on the banks of the Dart for the last twenty-five years. He moved to the area following the unfortunate loss of his job in 1985 as a director of a large multi-national, the subsequent break-up of his marriage and loss of all of his outer garments in a fishing accident.
There is a biography of King Otter planned for release in 2012 and a seven part documentary series planned on the BBC.
The book ‘Meat from the face’, is to be released in time for spring 2011, when lambs faces are readily available in the UK.