For meat lovers, check out an Iron Chef's love letter to it in "Michael Symon's Carnivore."
In 120 recipes, Symon give solid recipes that showcase the protein in each dish.
The book is divided by meat type Beef, Pork, Lamb and Goat, Poultry, Game and Sides (because sometimes you need something other than meat.)
Bucatini with Bacon and Tomatoes is pasta for a meat-lover. (Photo by Amy Phelps)
Beef has recipes like Pot Roast with Carrots, Shallots, Mint and Lemon; Killer Hot Dogs; and even parts you might not think of, like Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley Salad, Stewed Tripe with Tomatoes and Olives and Derek's Sweetbreads.
Pork recipes vary like Pork Pie (pork with bacon in a pie!), Smoked Ham, Sweet Italian Sausage and Braised Pork Shanks. There's also PK's Pork Cracklings and Head Cheese.
Lamb and Goat recipes are ones like Spicy Lamb and Mint Sausage, Grilled Lamb Livers with Greek Yogurt, Mint and Almonds, Crispy Lamb Sweetbreads, Sicilian-Style and even Braised Lamb Necks. As for goat, there's Braised Goat Tacos and Goat Ragu with Pappardelle.
Poultry has dishes like Twice-Fried Old Bay Chicken with Sriracha-Honey, Crispy Chicken Livers with Polenta, Bacon and Mushrooms and Deep-Fried Turkey.
Game is dishes like Duck Pastrami, Venison and Dried Cherry Sausage, Spicy Wild Boar Sausage with Cilantro and Lime, Pheasant Chili, Austin Style and more.
Finally, enjoy all of these meat dishes with Sides like Tomato Salad with Red Onion and Dill, Grilled-Corn Salad, Spicy Fried Potatoes, Soft Polenta with Aged Cheddar and more.
I ended up making Bucatini with Bacon and Tomatoes one evening. You are supposed to use Jalapeno for more of a kick, but knowing the girls they wouldn't eat it, so I didn't use it. The bacon adds a smokiness to the simple tomato sauce and the bucatini pasta went really well with it.
For the meat-lover who wants a book that is just straight up meat, this is one for you.
"Michael Symon's Carnivore" is published by Clarkson Potter. It is $25.