Serious Pig: An American Cook in Search of His Roots

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov 16, 2000 - Cooking - 528 pages
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In this collection of essays, John Thorne sets out to explore the origins of his identity as a cook, going "here" (the Maine coast, where he'd summered as a child and returned as an adult for a decade's sojourn), "there" (southern Louisiana, where he was captivated by Creole and Cajun cooking), and "everywhere" (where he provides a sympathetic reading of such national culinary icons as the hamburger, white bread, and American cheese, and sits down to a big bowl of Texas red). These intelligent, searching essays are a passionate meditation on food, character, and place.


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SERIOUS PIG: An American Cook in Search of His Roots

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Crotchety and erudite as ever, Thorne (Simple Cooking, 1987; Outlaw Cook, 1992) gets mired for a good third of this collection in the gravitas of his stubborn reverence for the Maine he calls home and ... Read full review

Serious pig: an American cook in search of his roots

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Sweeping from the coast of Maine to New Orleans, this book blends food history and lore with personal reflections on the role certain dishes have played both in a geographical region and in one cook's ... Read full review


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Knowing Beans
Crab Rolls Lobster Stew
Fix Your Hash
The Mushroom Hunt
Dinner at Duffys

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About the author (2000)

John Thorne and Matt Lewis Thorne live in Northampton, MA. They have published the food letter Simple Cooking for 20 years.

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