Is this the new fad of a generalized anthropomorphist delirium? Or else, the mark of a new stage in the societal consideration of our non-human companions to whom “all that’s missing is the word” ? In any case, this could make critics of the over-treatment of pets bark: culinary publishing is now interested in their bowl. Latest example: Canine lipsa book by Éditions de la Martinière, published on Thursday, which offers owners who care about eating well for their doggie around forty “tempting recipes” for pampered dogs.
We unearth small dishes with names “funny” of “bolodog” or “canine fisherman” (including one or two vegetarian alternatives) but also meat treats and other “doggie cakes”. Always homemade with fresh products. “More and more people feed their dogs and no longer want industrial croquettes, notes the author Valéry Drouet. So we seized this opportunity. And if the publisher was reluctant at first, given the craze for pets, he finally said banco. To build his recipes, the 52-year-old food stylist, who has written dozens of mundane cookbooks with photographer Pierre-Louis Viel, then followed the advice of a graduate veterinarian from Maisons-Alfort, Christophe Hayes, who also signs the preface to the book.
Appetite for homemade
Either the fact of establishing rations “balanced” which contain at least one source of animal protein, one source of fibre, one of carbohydrates and one of lipids, in addition to ingredients rich in trace elements, minerals and vitamins. Exit also certain toxic foods such as chocolate, leek, raw garlic, onion or chives. “These are fun recipes for medium-sized dogs [de 15 kilos environ, ndlr] and in good healthcontinues the former cook. But this is not a medical book. If you have any doubts, if the animal has dietary restrictions or specific illnesses, you should always seek advice from your vet.
In recent years, more and more of this kind of playful cookbooks have appeared in the “art of living” section of bookstores. Let us quote, without exhaustiveness: Babies in the kitchenjournalist and veterinarian Hélène Gateau, Croquettes, treats and small dishes for dogsby Philippe Chavanne, or Recipes for my cat and me, by Véronique Aïache and Laura Zuili. One way to respond to the distrust of animal owners for industrial products – a distrust which is also at the origin of a lucrative “healthy” market within the pet food – combined with increased attention to the well-being of our 80 million friends (birds, fish and reptiles included). Not to mention consumers’ appetite for homemade products.