From grain to marble, this is how you shop for the perfect steak

Barbecue expert and James Beard Award-winning chef Aaron Franklin gives his tips for walking into your butcher shop and ordering the best cut of meat. On “Salon Talks,” Franklin breaks down how to break free of your go-to steak order and educates us on what different cuts of the cow can offer for flavor.

Franklin’s new book, “Franklin Steak,” dives deep into butchering, grilling, and preparing the perfect steak for every occasion. “There's no like, one cut that's always good,” Franklin said to SalonTV’s Manny Howard. “We have some different techniques that guide you through not having to stick to a New York strip every single night.”

Watch the full episode with Aaron Franklin to learn about his favorite vintage-style grill and how to make the best of the steak you’ve got, or how to procure and prepare the best steak you ever ate. For the full rundown of Salon’s food-focused episodes, visit our “Salon Talks” Food playlist.

About “Salon Talks”

Hosted by Salon journalists, “Salon Talks” episodes offer a fresh take on the long-form interview format, and a much-needed break from the partisan political talking heads that have come to dominate the genre. “Salon Talks” is a destination for information through conversation. Viewers can expect discussions with A-list actors, artists, authors, thinkers, and newsmakers as we explore the full range of the human condition. The show streams live on Facebook and Twitter and each episode is published in full on

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