Kindly explain the meaning of whole-animal

The Country Cat (restaurant) is known for whole-animal, farm-to-table scratch cooking, and at PDX Sappington was determined to break down animals, smoke meats, and make scratch pastries — all out of a 700-square-foot kitchen in the terminal.

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    Means they arrive under their own steam, after which they're prepared and served whole. How quaintly medieval.
    – Ricky
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 12:39
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    @AlinaSaidova thecountrycat.net/about-us
    – Elian
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 12:43
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    Doubtless the menu will be printed on their own hand-made vellum. Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 12:49
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    @terdon: I suppose the cited text is supposed to be a glowing endorsement of the one-stop-shop "pigsty to table" approach, but I gotta say breaking down animals sounds more like industrialised gimmickry / money-making than haute cuisine. Me, I draw the line at choosing my own lobster from the tank in the restaurant foyer. (Every time I see one, I weep over what Homer Simpson did to our beloved Pinchy! :) Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 13:45
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    @AlinaSaidova I would suspect it's a paleo/WAPF friendly restaurant. paleohacks.com/paleo/… Whole, grass-fed/organically farmed animals are used for their recipes. Hardly anything goes to waste: the meat is served with the fat, the pastries are baked with lard or tallow, the skin and bones are boiled to make gelatin, sausage is made from the blood and the organs, etc.
    – Elian
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 13:52


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