My name is Tom, I am from Birmingham in the UK and have recently restarted eating meat again, I was a vegetarian for 6 years and then started eating fish, then meat. I've decided to do this after rethinking my personal ethos on food consumption and have realised that an informed decision on my food purchasing is vital, choice as a human being is just as important as not eating a certain food as well as I believe in eating good meat but less of it, from an organic butcher and not just some shitty burger from a takeaway store.
So what brings me here ? Well I love food DIY, I love making my own sourdough bread, lacto fermenting and recently I made my own hot smoker from a bread bin to hot smoke some mackerel. My girlfriend is a strict veggie and struggles with meat and being around it so I've said I'll keep it outside of the house as much as possible therefore the logical step is BBQ and smoking. I have a Weber BBQ but I am really interested in smoking food, particularly fish but also my own sausages, cheese and chillies etc. At the moment I am looking at getting this starter set http://www.hotsmoked.co.uk/http-//www-hotsmoked-co-uk/hot-smokers-proq/proq-ranger-hot-cold-smoker-set/prod-187-html/prod_187.html when I get my funds together and then the rest like all good things will be a slow journey of learning, hopefully good food and the feeling of doing things my way away from the hassles of supermarkets and more so the slow road to food consumption.
I also believe in self-reliance and have a small blog called http://www.selfandroots.wordpress.com where I am blogging about my journey into self-reliance/sufficiency.
My questions are to people reading this, I am based in the UK and keen to read books which follow traditional history (I am a bit of a food history geek) as well as practical skills and tips that would be useful on this smoking journey. All advice and tips would be very welcome !