Mutton Book

Much Ado About Mutton is the first comprehensive book on the fascinating story of mutton. It has had a deep impact on the history, culture and landscape of the UK and elsewhere. Book contains recipes, Suppliers' Directory and breed guide.

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Mutton once took pride of place on every dining table up and down the country. It was the nation’s favourite dish. It fed us all, from peasant to King. Whatever happened to it?

Bob Kennard explains the decline of this delicious icon of British cookery. More importantly, he explains why mutton is now poised to make a come-back. Its extraordinary health and environmental
benefits are at last being recognised, not to mention its superlative flavour.

Based on the author's experience of over 25 years of producing and extolling the virtues of mutton, together with advice from mutton enthusiasts down the centuries, you can learn what to look for when choosing your mutton.

Breed of sheep producing mutton was considered very important by the Victorians, and there is a complete directory of breeds available in the UK, together with over 60 places to buy the meat, and a collection of 20 recipes showing the versitility of mutton, and how easy it is to produce a fantastic-tasting meal.

The book is fully illustrated throughout with colour photographs and historic images.

I could not conjure up one melancholy fancy upon a mutton chop and a glass of champagne.
— Jerome K. Jerome 1859-1927

What's in the book?

In Much Ado About Mutton, the author includes all the latest information:

  • Where to buy mutton today
  • What to look for in a cut of mutton
  • Modern and traditional mutton recipes
  • Appraisal of the best mutton breeds
  • Directory of UK sheep breeds
  • A history of mutton in the UK
  • Mutton farming around the world
  • The life of the drover and shepherd
  • Mutton in literature
  • Braxy ham, salt marsh mutton, reestit mutton
  • Mutton’s benefits to the environment
  • New findings: mutton as a super-meat?

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Book details

Hardcover: 224 pages; Book Dimensions: 24.8 x 19 x 2.5 cm; Publication date: 4th Sep 2014
Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books; Wholesale details from
Language: English; ISBN-10: 190612261X; ISBN-13: 978-1906122614  Price: £20