Delicious recipe for cheeks, from new cookbook ‘Meat from the face’, by Heston Blumintrousers, Jamie Olivoil and Delia Scag

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.

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  • John on March 4, 2011

    Will there be a feature in the new book looking at fish cheeks? I have always been a big fan, but I want to get people interested in the more unusual varieties, rather than cod and haddock cheeks.

  • Mrs Susan Otterfiend on March 8, 2011

    Dear reader,

    Regarding your question about fish cheeks, the new book will have a tie-in, i-phone, hy-phenated, fish-specific App. The App will be called ‘King Otter’s Cheeky Recipes’ and will give hourly fish cheek recipe updates and up to the minute exclusive tips and tricks from the ‘Master of the cheeks’, King Otter. The tips will be on preperation (removal from fishes face with special knives) and marination (mostly spittle and urine). The App will cost £43.57 and will have ongoing monthly payments of £43.58.

    We hope that you will enjoy the book and App and you are invited to the book launch, which will be on the banks of the River Dart on April 12th at 1.00am. The event will be in the basement of King Otter’s family home and will be invite only. Please come alone.

    Best regards,

    Mrs Susan Otterfiend, PA to King Otter

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