ISSUE 48  |  The Rural Life

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Butcher

November 27, 2012 6:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

For carnivores and omnivores alike, the farm-to-table movement extends beyond vegetables, and with charcuterie back in vogue (in Brooklyn, anyway), we’re guessing you might have a butcher on your holiday list this year.

N.B.: To make sure we’ve got everyone on your list covered, see all of our gift guides to date in our House Gifts section.

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Above: Find antique meat hooks on eBay; a Pair of Large Hooks starts at $195. Image via The Meat Hook in Brooklyn; for information about the tools sold there, contact The Meat Hook directly.

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Above: Handmade by local craftsmen in Shropshire, England, the Full Leather Apron from Hibbitt is £60.

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Above: The Bacon Tea Towel (shown) and the Cuts of Beef Tea Towel are $15 each from Sunday Drive Designs on Etsy.

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Above: Boning Knives from left to right: Sabatier Wood Handled Boning Knife for $62; Wí¼sthof Ikon Blackwood Boning Knife for $149.95, and the Saladini Ox Horn Boning Knife for $229.95, all from Williams-Sonoma.

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Above: Whole Beast Butchery by Ryan Farr (former chef at Elizabeth Falkner’s Orson in San Francisco and current owner of 4505 Meats) shows the step-by-step butchering process of whole meats with the intent of eating the entire animal; $25.31 from Amazon. Alternatively Marissa Guggiana’s Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers is a favorite among butchers; $25.60 from Amazon.