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

by Peter Kaminsky

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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 Do 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 Yucatán 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.… (more)
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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 famous food writer and is “part travelogue, part cookbook, part naturalist’s encounter, and part love letter.” This is indeed a celebration of all things swine!
  AmronGravett | Feb 11, 2013 |
Kaminsky is off in search of the perfect ham. It takes him from Kentucky, to Burgundy; from North Carolina to Andalusia. He does barbecue and soul food and French cuisine (and shares a few of the recipes. He rails against the pork agri-business in the United States--and extols the wonders of what is often called heritage pork. Just reading this makes one hungry. It's a misnomer to call this a cookery book--there are just a handful of recipes, not even one per chapter. ( )
  datwood | Jan 14, 2009 |
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