A couple meaty events are coming up Sunday and Monday from chef and writer Deborah Krasner, author of “Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat” ($40, Stewart, Tabori & Chang).
On Sunday, Dec. 5, Vermont resident Krasner will sign books at the Whole Foods in Winston-Salem from noon to 3 p.m. For a donation of $5 to benefit Slow Food Piedmont, you can also taste one of her grass-fed beef recipes from the book. For that, she’ll use beef from Baldwin Family Farms. Farmer V. Mac Baldwin will also be at the event, discussing his farm and cattle.
The Baldwins are in my book because they operate a retail outlet at their lovely 300-acre spread in Caswell County. V. Mac and his wife, Peggy, bought two Charolais heifers in 1969 and now raise several hundred of the French cows, known for their protein-rich lean meat. The couple, along with their son, Craig, started direct marking their Baldwin Charolais Beef in 2002, later adding a farm store, just south of Yanceyville. The Baldwins also ship beef ordered from their website, sell at farmers’ markets, and through several Whole Foods stores.
In her book, Krasner, a James Beard cookbook award winner, shows consumers how to find, order, and prepare sustainably raised meat. Because grass-fed and pastured meats are naturally lean, they must be cooked differently from conventionally raised grain-fed meats. In “Good Meat,” Krasner provides readers with more than 200 delicious recipes for cooking this leaner meat.
The author will also appear at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, on Monday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. We’re unsure whether a farmer and/or food will be at that event. If we get word from Flyleaf, we’ll post it here. Either way, sounds like a great event!