Pig Perfect: Encounters with Remarkable Swine and Some Great Ways to Cook Them

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Hyperion Books, May 11, 2005 - Cooking - 304 pages
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What Bill Bryson did for trees and walking shoes and Mark Kurlansky did for cod, Peter Kaminsky now does for pork in Pig Perfect 'I love ham and I love this book.' -Annie Dillard o you crave a juicy pork chop An old-time country ham Or maybe some Southern-style barbecue Then you'll want to join Peter Kaminsky on his pilgrimage in search of the perfect pig. Part travelogue, part cookbook, part naturalist's encounter, and part love letter, Kaminsky's book takes us from Kentucky, Burgundy, and Madrid to the Yucatn and back to Brooklyn to tell the tale of the pig. From the wondrous techniques of tailgate chefs to Mayan home cooking, competitive barbecuing, and the ancient rite of the pig killing that has bound communities together over the centuries, Pig Perfect brings together an oddball pork-loving band of chefs, farmers, and food lovers and offers a tasty history of the oft underappreciated pig.

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User Review  - AmronGravett - LibraryThing

I’m not a meat eater, let it be said. However, most of you are. Apparently, bacon is god’s greatest gift to the stomach. Now, I am not about to recommend a general cookbook for pork. This book is by a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

Hog lovers, this is the book for you. A quest for the best in pork with a few recommendations for hams, barbecue, and how to raise 'em. Also an interesting side trip with thoughts on why the Old Testament forbade God's chosen people to eat pork. Read full review



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Peter Kaminsky is the author of numerous books, including The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass, Pig Perfect, and The Elements of Taste. He was formerly New York magazine's "Underground Gourmet," and his Outdoors column runs regularly in the New York Times. His work has appeared frequently in Food & Wine and Field & Stream, and he was managing editor of National Lampoon. He lives in Brooklyn.

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