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Pat LaFrieda's first introduction to the meat world was in the summer of 1981, when he was just ten years old and learning the tricks of the trade at his father's butchering business. Thirty years later, Pat, his father, and cousin own and operate New York City's most prestigious and valued meatpacking facility. Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors supplies the finest restaurants in New York City, Philadelphia, DC, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago, and more. They also operate four retail locations at Citi Field-home to the New York Mets-including two Pat LaFrieda Original Steak Sandwich stands, a LaFrieda Meatball Slider stand, and the sit-down restaurant, Pat LaFrieda Chop House. In 2014 they became the "Official Burger of the Mets." Pat has appeared on countless national TV shows including Today, The Chew, Rachael Ray Show, CNN, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and Martha Stewart. More information can be found at

Carolynn Carreno is a James Beard award-winning writer for magazines including Bon Appetit, Saveur, The Los Angeles Times, Gourmet, and Food & Wine and coauthor of books with chefs Nancy Silverton, Kenny Shopsin, and Sara Foster. Her cookbooks are known for their distinct voice and storytelling style.


"A valuable reference that will give readers a greater appreciation for not only their favorite cuts of meat, but their butcher as well." -- Publishers Weekly
"The Magician of Meat." -- New York magazine
"Pat LaFrieda does everything right as a butcher. MEAT stands out to me as the best handbook there is on this subject." -- Mario Batali * chef and entrepreneur *
"Pat LaFrieda has led the `butcher revolution' in the United States. Every serious cook needs this instructional, well-illustrated, and very well written book." -- Martha Stewart * founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia *
"It made me laugh, it made me smile, it made me miss my grandpa. I absolutely adore this book." -- Rachael Ray * New York Times bestselling author *
"If you want to know about meat, this is the book. The recipes are great and each one has a story to tell." -- Andrew Carmellini * chef and owner of The Dutch, Locanda Verde, and Lafayette *
"MEAT by master butcher Pat LaFrieda is officially the carnivores' holy grail and my new reference point for all things meat." -- Chef Michael White
"The recipes and techniques in this book are things that can be used in any kitchen whether it's at home or in the restaurant." -- Marc Forgione * chef and owner of Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut, and Khe-Yo *
"A celebration of Pat's enormous skill set, his encyclopedic understanding of meats and their various cuts and how to best use them. Butcher extraordinaire!" -- Chef Alex Guarnaschelli * Butter restaurant *
"Certain to make meat-lovers' mouths water." -- Danny Meyer * CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group *
"A must-have for any home cook, it will surely be a valuable resource for years to come." -- Chef Daniel Humm * Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad *
"MEAT is a superb, detailed sourcebook that I am thrilled to have on my shelf." -- Chef Geoffrey Zakarian
"A fantastic resource for both the professional chef and the home cook." -- Chef Missy Robbins
"A genuinely good read." * Cooking Light *
"If you want to know about meat, go straight to the meat man: New York City-area butcher Pat LaFrieda has released his meaty magnum opus." -- EATER National
"New York City's ultimate butcher, the man behind the famous LaFrieda burger blends, penned the definitive cookbook on all things meat." * Fathom *
"I loved absolutely everything about this book." * *
"Meat is unsurpassed and truly sets the standard for a book that offers both recipes and education." * Cooking by the Book *

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