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Gourmet Secrets by Karen Anand: Caring for the carpaccio

Hindustan Times | ByKaren Anand
Jul 20, 2019 08:16 PM IST

How the rustic caveman’s food transformed into a delicacy served at Michelin star restaurants

I’ve always found the ritual of eating raw meat and fish a bit primitive but pure in a sense. Early cavemen ate their meat raw. We started cooking for hygiene reasons to kill bacteria. Dishes of raw meat like Steak Tartare, they say, came about because the meat available to the Tartars, camel or horse probably, needed to be very finely chopped to render them edible. So Steak Tartare is thought to have originated in Mongolia and by the late 19th century had made its way to America via the Russians and then northern Europeans who used the port of Hamburg to get to America. Many people think Steak Tartare is a French dish but it is one of those rare things that probably came back to Paris via America in the early 20th century. The “Hamburg steak” became popular on the menus of many restaurants in New York. It was made from beef filet, hand chopped, lightly salted and often smoked, and usually served raw in a dish along with onions and bread crumbs. It was also used for feeding patients in hospitals and was accompanied by a raw egg.

Carpaccio was named after Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio known for his brilliant reds
Carpaccio was named after Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio known for his brilliant reds
Karen Anand having lunch with her friend Dr Giovanni Megighian at the Aman Venice
Karen Anand having lunch with her friend Dr Giovanni Megighian at the Aman Venice
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