New book seeks world's best steak

Wed May 12, 2010 3:06pm EDT
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By Mark Egan

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - With the American barbecue season set to kick off in earnest from the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May, the question on many meat lover's lips is -- where can I get the best steak?

A new book by food and travel journalist Mark Schatzker, "Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef," attempts to answers that question.

From the science of what makes for the perfect blade of grass to a look at the work of a Scottish man whose job is retrieving sperm from bulls, the book covers every aspect of what makes the best serving of the king of meats.

"I was getting very annoyed with spending top dollar on supposedly good steaks that just didn't deliver," Schatzker told Reuters in an interview.

"They did not have a lot of flavor and I felt they were lacking in some way. That put me on a mission to find what makes a good steak. Where is the very best steak? Who has got it? And, how can I get some?"

That mission turned into three years traveling the world seeking the most perfectly marbled, succulent beef and resulted in more than 100,000 words of prose recounting his odyssey.

Schatzker traveled in America from Texas to Colorado and to France, Scotland, Italy, Japan and Argentina in search of the perfect morsel of steak.

The book leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to find the best beef. It even includes the story of how he raised his own cow and fattened the rare Canadian breed on a diet of grass, apples, acorns, carrots and Persian walnuts.   Continued...