nose-to-tail
adj. Relating to a movement or philosophy that believes in consuming all edible parts of an animal. Also: nose to tail.

Example Citations:
The “nose-to-tail” philosophy, which has been so heartily adopted over the past few years, has not been a conscious effort of education, it is for me a byproduct of this search for pleasure.
—Fergus Henderson , “Feet, glands, shanks, tripe. That’s what I like to eat,” The Observer, Sunday 27 April 2014

In culinary terms, it’s called nose-to-tail.

It’s the basis of traditional European cuisine and the cooking styles of most indigenous populations on Earth. If you’re going to bother to hunt and slaughter an animal for food, then every single edible piece of the animal, from its nose to its tail, gets used somehow, some way.
—Neil Godbout, “Wanting a piece of the pie,” Prince George Citizen (British Columbia), June 17, 2014

Earliest Citation:
St John, in the City, jocularly puts on its bills “nose to tail eating”. It should probably add “. . . and hand to mouth organisation”. The food is delicious, if wearingly, self-consciously English (sheep’s heads and marrow bones), and everything was fine, though noisy, for the first course.
—Geraldine Bedell, “There’s nothing chic about secret second families,” The Independent (London), November 6, 1994

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