Much Ado About Mutton

by Bob Kennard

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Mutton once took pride of place on every dining table up and down the country. It was the nation’s favourite dish. It fed us all, from peasant to King. 

Whatever happened to it?

Bob Kennard explains the decline of this nutritious and lucrative commodity which once made men rich and kept them healthy.

But more importantly, he explains why mutton is now poised to make a come-back.

Its extraordinary health and environmental benefits are at last being recognised. 

In Much Ado About Mutton, the author includes all the latest information:

• Where to buy mutton today
• What to look for in a cut of mutton
• Modern and traditional mutton recipes
• Appraisal of the best mutton breeds
• Directory of UK sheep breeds
• Mutton farming around the world
• Mutton in literature
• Braxy ham, salt marsh mutton, reestit mutton
• Mutton’s benefits to the environment
• New findings: mutton as a super-meat?

Foreword by HRH Prince of Wales


284 Colour photographs, 16 Black & white photographs, 25 Black & white illustrations


Sep 04, 2014


About the Author:

Bob Kennard has championed mutton for over 20 years and his support for independent abattoirs has been honoured with a ‘Best Campaigner Award’ from BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme.

With a degree in Agriculture, as a young man he spent over a decade in Nigeria, Swaziland and Malawi, working hands-on with livestock and small-scale farmers and then as an advisory consultant with bodies including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the EU.

Back in the UK, from 1988 to 2008, he and his wife Carolyn set up and ran Graig Farm Organics, a pioneering and multi-award-winning organic meat company, which worked with local farmers selling their mutton and other meat throughout the UK. They also established a large organic livestock farmers’ marketing group selling lamb and beef nationwide.

Bob was a leading figure in the campaign to maintain the UK's network of small and medium-sized abattoirs and cutting plants. He has been involved in the development of the organic sector in the UK, in the Mutton Renaissance group, and as an advisor to various bodies including the Welsh Government.

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