This week's cover feature, "The Beefbreaker," dives into the growing Bay Area scene of artisan butchers who are retrieving the lost art of whole animal butchery in the United States. Sure, there's the leaders in the local scene foodies will already know -- Tia Harrison, Tyler Boetticher, Ryan Farr, the Butcher's Guild -- but we profile a master butcher you likely have not yet heard of: Oscar Yedra.
While the United States was consolidating its meat industry in the 1960's and 70's and moving beef-breaking away from the corner butcher and into slaughterhouses, Yedra was honing his skills in his father's butcher shop in his native Mexico City.
After immigrating to San Francisco, Yedra became the head butcher on Niman Ranch's Oakland cutting floor for years, and now cuts meat for sustainably raised meat-hero Bill Niman's newest company, B.N. Ranch. He also works the meat counter at Canyon Market in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood.
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