Around the time we were starting TC Farm, Mark published a book about steak. Somehow, he had convinced a publisher to send him on a junket around the world to taste test the best steaks in every region and write a book about what he found.
I wish I had THAT job. Well... we almost did:
Around the time we were reading his book, Betsy and I were traveling Minnesota and taste testing steaks as well. We ate so much searching for the very best that pregnant Betsy had to avoid beef the rest of her pregnancy!
I was inspired by Mark's description of flavor in steaks and I wanted to see what he thought about the slow growth chickens we had been raising.
So I mailed him a couple of chickens to sample. Here is what he said:
“They turned out beautifully. Visually you could tell this was a different bird... It was a gentle flavor, with a mild note that you don't generally find in chicken. I can't quite describe it, but if I had to compare it to something, I'd say "dairy." It seemed very French somehow. I could imagine that chicken with a hint of garlic and a squeeze of lemon, eating it with a cold glass of white wine under a patio umbrella... I wish I had a more in my freezer, to be honest..” Mark Schatzker
We've emailed on and off about various topics over the years, but I was excited when he wrote suggesting that I watch the video he made about Antoine Westermann's famous chicken.
I agreed and put up a brief video about the book below - check it out.
To be honest, I want to figure out how we can make a chicken recipe like this as part of our Sous Chef meals.
What do YOU think? I'd love to hear your comments / thoughts about it below.
The chicken video is inspiring and I loved hearing a chef talk about cooking chickens like ours.
However, there was a small line in The Dorito Effect video that struck me. Mark says: "lately [flavor] has been telling lies".
It made me realize that the food lies we are being told are really a big deal and that I should spend a little more time discussing them -- so watch for another post from me about it -- including my view on the recent PETA propaganda 'documentary' that ravaged social media recently.