Gift Guide 2017: The Very Best Bird

December 13, 2017

I will never forget my first taste of grouse.  It was in London, and the bird had been hung for a long time (in Merry Olde Englande they believed in hanging birds until they literally fell from their necks), and then roasted in a wood oven. The flavor was unlike any bird I’d ever eaten: funky and filled with flavor, it was the blue cheese of birds.  I tore it apart with my fingers – and the scent lingered for hours.

Red Grouse, which make the best eating, live only in Scotland and don’t thrive in captivity.  I’ve never seen grouse served in an American restaurant, but if you have someone on your list with a taste for game, you can order a few wild grouse from D’Artagnan.   (If you’re so inclined, you can also order a suckling pig from the estimable purveyor of exotic meat.)  Hunting season ended a few days ago, so right now the birds arrive frozen.  And you have to be careful of shot: these birds are wild, not farmed, so it’s best to beware.

Want to know a bit more?   This article is well worth reading.

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2 Comments

  • John McGowan says:

    Hyde park not Regents park. {who cares}

    “But the two most memorable moments? A thrilling dinner at Dinner, Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant overlooking Regent’s Park.”

    Ruth were we chatting in a pizzeria at the next in Kensington 6/7 years ago?
    You couldn’t believe that a restaurant could run out of sorbet
    I think you were looking for a restaurant to review! Just wondered

    • Ruth Reichl says:

      Don’t think that was me. The only pizza place we went to was Jamie Oliver’s, and while we had a lot of fun there, I don’t remember talking to people at other tables.

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