Saffron Walden journalist releases new food manual

Food journalist Andrew Webb, with his new book - Meat Manual

Food journalist Andrew Webb, with his new book - Meat Manual - Credit: Archant

Saffron Walden-based food journalist Andrew Webb has released his latest book aimed at budding chefs who are looking to improve their meat cookery.

Entitled Meat Manual, the book explains all about the primal cuts for beef, pork and lamb, as well as detailing techniques such as French trimming, filleting and how to take apart a chicken.

Meat Manual is Andrew’s third Haynes title, following on from the Men’s Pie Manual, which was released in 2014, and the Men’s Baking Manual in 2015.

He also released Food Britannia in 2011, which won The Sunday Times Food Book of the Year.

Andrew, who lives in Newport Road, said: “Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and really think about what you’re eating and how to cook it. This manual isn’t a butchery manual or just a recipe book, but it is a real introduction to the process of understanding and enjoying meat at its best.

“From choosing the right knives to understanding how to cook different cuts of meat, I’m on a mission to give people the confidence to well and truly master any meat.

“There’s so much more to meat than just bland chicken breasts, cheap bacon and watery steaks that you so often find on the shelves. Indeed, as we’ve grown used to shopping in supermarkets, we’ve lost our way in understanding different cuts of meat and asking butchers for advice as it’s often pre-packed for convenience.

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“While this convenience is great, and some supermarkets are changing their offering, people are missing out on a whole range of delicious cuts, so this manual is intended to get that all important flavour back on to the tables of Britain.”

The Meat Manual is priced at £22.99 and is available from

The Reporter has a signed copy of the Meat Manual to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us in what year Andrew released his first book Food Britannia?

Send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number to Meat Manual competition, Saffron Walden Reporter, 54 High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1EE, or email

The closing date is Friday, June 3, 2016. Usual Archant rules apply. Editor’s decision final.

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