So, once the caveman was out of the bag, so to speak, Raichlen went on tour (promoting his new book) spewing forth stories of how fire begat cooking begat communal dining begat protein-intake begat brain growth and the whole Scopes-Monkey business. His publicists went to work and and lo and behold, the Bon Appetit kitchens donned their animal skins and featured the caveman t-bone on the cover of their July issue.
Some would argue this is a step backwards into the most dangerous realm of making a bad (for you) thing worse, what with all that increased carcinogenic activity, and although they may be right, that doesn't make them the boss of you. Truth be told, when you read reviews of others who have tried it, it turns out to be more of a show than a gastronomical breakthrough.
Blogger Laura, author of blog "White Fluffy Icing" is in the midst of her self proclaimed Bon Appetit Challenge, whereby she's committed to cooking everything featured on the cover of the magazine in 2010. Here's her take on the process:
We made it this weekend, and let me tell you, this is not for the faint of heart. It felt "wrong" to toss a gorgeous porterhouse directly into a pile of burning embers. The taste was good, but we didn't brush off all the steaks, as the recipe suggested, leaving each diner to decide how much and whether to brush, because we were afraid of "brushing off the flavor". If I did this again, I would go ahead and brush them all. This is a decent cooking method in terms of taste, but it's really great for showmanship. Made for a terrific party - everyone standing around the pit observing and drinking wine. Carnivore/grillmaster types will love it.Can't say I'm feeling this adventuresome (or wealthy) but I've seen my father-in-law BBQBR some choice cuts of meat (he often gets the beer-to-minutes ratio wrong, at least for the food) and after all it is just meat/money. I am tempted to try it on a lesser cut or smaller portion, perhaps a well-marbled ribeye.
What say you, fellow carnivores?