New Cookbook: The Complete Jerky Book

Careful Measuring and Timing Give the Best Results!

Monte Burch has written a 154 page tome on making jerky in your kitchen.

The title is:  The Complete Jerky Book:  How to Dry, Cure and Preserve Everything from Venison to Turkey. *

I picked this book up in the library — on the “new book” shelves.

What I Didn’t Like About the Book

The Complete … is literally a book full of advertisement for Bass Pro Shops … and other products (particularly expensive ones).

I’m concerned that this is a coming style in published books:  Mr. Burch mentions (seemingly) ALL the brands he uses.  That includes the cutlery he uses to cut the meat, the jerky kit, various jerky seasonings, a jerky cutting board, the huge smoker ….

The blurb about the author states he is a free-lance author, however, I wonder if he got a commission or was given free products to promote certain brands.  There’s no disclosure statement.

Frankly, it tainted the value of the book — for me.

Another problem:  Too many pictures of the same thing.

Fortunately, I’ve been cooking for 40+ years.  Newbies who don’t know their way around the kitchen might be frustrated.

What I Liked About the Book

Mr. Burch offered different ways of dehydrating the meat, from using the outdoors to a fancy electric smoker!

He also offered instruction in the finer points of ‘pimmican’ – a Native American food of shredded jerky, rendered fat, herbs,veggies and fruit.  It keeps indefinitely and the US Air Corps jet bombers consider this “survival rations.”

Mr. Burch had some good points.  On page 65, referring to raw meat, he states, “Cut away any fat, as fat not only doesn’t dry properly, but it adds a gamey flavor to the meat.”

Other Things to Like

  • “Food Safety” includes the “no-no’s” of jerky and the explanations are clear – unless you are a newbie in the kitchen.
  • There are quite a variety of recipes, marinades and meat rubs.
  • There are useful ground meat jerky instructions and recipes  – unless you are a newbie in the kitchen.

Mr. Burch offered recipes for:

  • Whisky Pepper Jerky,
  • Biltong (South African Beef Jerky)
  • Small Game & Waterfowl Jerky
  • Fish Jerky
  • Cured Salmon

If you are looking for new ways with wild game, this book offers some interesting ideas … if non-stop commercials don’t bother you.

See you soon!


* Skyhorse Publishing produced this book, 2010, $12.95


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