When Jane Grigson wrote her definitive work on pork in and assumed the mantle of scholar cook from Elizabeth David, it was French cuisine she wanted to instruct us in. Just as much of David's passion about food was dedicated to expanding British horizons by looking abroad, so Grigson took her readers on a tour of provincial France and the guts of its charcuterie. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's latest book, a vast tome with the word MEAT embossed defiantly in large, blood-red letters across its cover, marks him out as worthy successor to that tradition of learned chef. These days, of course, it is not so much foreign gastronomy that is a mystery as what goes on with food produced under our very noses. Fearnley-Whittingstall takes the bull by the horns - often quite literally, since he farms his own meat - and launches a passionate defence of the carnivore's position.

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The River Cottage star has spent more than five months being a vegetarian for his latest series of the TV show and has penned non-meat recipes for a new cookbook. Fearnley-Whittingstall, 46, has eaten placenta pate, curried fruit bat, giraffe and calf testicles in the past. Asked whether he would try loin of Labrador or cat liver, he told the Radio Times: ''Not unless I was on the point of starvation.

It's an artificial construct of our society, a cultural decision, to make pets out of dogs and meat out of pigs. Eat slugs, says TV chef. Grow your own at River Cottage.

I started by looking at where food came from, rearing our animals and growing our food. The chef, who has campaigned for sustainable fish and has highlighted issues surrounding the mass production of chickens, said: ''That's what we're still doing. I hope we have an influence and like to think we're driving the agenda. Terms and Conditions. Style Book. Weather Forecast. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Friday 05 June Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: eating puppy meat is no worse than pork TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has declared that eating puppy meat is no more morally objectionable than consuming pork.

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