Compassionate Foie Gras

This video by the Perennial Plate folks about raising geese for their livers is so beautiful it nearly brought me to tears, to hear this Spanish farmer talk about his Geese (Foie comes from either Geese or Ducks these look like Geese to me, if someone can give me an ID on this birds please do so in the comments)   and how he raises them and loves them and even how they meet their last moments on this earth makes you realize that when you do something with compassion makes all the difference.

By comparison I posted a video Anthony Bourdain did years ago that talked the same topic and at the time I thought it showed a humane way of going about it, but after seeing this video you realize how there are levels of humanity and this guy wins hands down.  Still if you live in NYC D’Artagnan is certainly the best purveyors of duck products and foie gras….and a lot of other delicious food products as well!

Would love to hear your thoughts on this often controversial subject.


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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