If you love pork and you’re looking for the next great cookbook, this is it! But wait, there’s more! Not only does this amazing cookbook include fabulous pork recipes of all kinds, it also includes culinary tour of some of the best restaurants to eat these delicious recipes! The graphic design of this book is so fun and trendy, and is certainly instagram-worthy. The book starts off with a lesson on the big, explaining all of the different parts, how to cook them, where to buy them, and other helpful tips. Then, the second part is comprised of restaurant profiles all along the South. The first thing I did when I got this book, was search through the restaurant profiles for restaurants that I’ve been to or at least a few that are located in my area that I could try out. Each restaurant profile is conveniently accompanied by their name, address, phone number, and website for an easy reference. I didn’t find any that I’ve been to before, but I certainly found a few to add to me “To Eat At” list!
When it comes to pork-themed recipes, Chris Chamberlain thought of everything, including some awesome spices, rubs, sauces recipes at the beginning of the book. Things like this make me feel like I can actually make something awesome for my husband from scratch! (He’s the more talented chef in the family.)
There are lots of southern recipes for drinks, like Bacon-Infused Bourbon. I’m not a Bourbon drinker, but I know that many people would love this! Delicious breakfast recipes, muffins, lunches, soups and salads, entrees, and even desserts fill the pages of this book that makes me wish I could just eat it all up. You know all those recipes you see on Pinterest? That’s how I feel reading through this book. I want. To eat. It all. Right now.
Overall, great variety of recipes with easy to follow instructions. I love the overall design of this book. I plan to use it often. If I could make one change, it would be more photos. I’m a visual person so I like to see what sounds good and also check to make sure my version matches up.
Chris Chamberlain, author of the popular The Southern Foodie Cookbook, takes you back to the South for a tour of the restaurants that make the best pig dishes.
When Ben Franklin lobbied his fellow founding fathers to consider the wild turkey as our young country’s national symbol, perhaps he should have considered the pig. Arguably the most democratic of all proteins, pork is welcome across the country from a gourmet pork belly dish on the menu of the toniest Charleston bistro to a whole hog roasting in a hole dug in the sand of a beach in LA (Lower Alabama).
Pork is also uniquely democratic in that it is a meat that is welcome at every meal. The old saw goes that when considering a breakfast of bacon and eggs, “the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.” While you may occasionally see a breakfast steak on the menu, the pig is the star of the morning meal. A thick-sliced smoked bologna purchased from a gas station deli in rural Tennessee is the perfect working man’s lunch, unless you consider the ultimate demonstration of the nose-to-tail versatility of the pig, a snoot sandwich made from a boiled hog’s nose slapped between two slices of white bread. Feel free not to consider that for too long…
The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig takes you on several journeys. An anatomic survey of the pig introduces readers to all the parts of this versatile animal and teaches procedures and recipes to prepare all sorts of wonderful dishes. A geographic tour of the Southern states will showcase restaurants in the region that have particular talents when it comes to pork. The chefs and pitmasters have shared some of their most sacred secrets, the actual recipes for the best pork, barbecue and bacon dishes that emerge from their kitchens. Finally, since man cannot live by pig alone (unfortunately), there is also a selection of recipes that are great accompaniments to the pork dishes contributed by the fifty Southern restaurants that are featured.
So feel free to keep a copy of this book in your glovebox to help you find the best place for an elegant meal in Atlanta or that hidden gem of a barbecue joint in Kentucky. Or get this book a little dirty in the kitchen as you take your own tour of the South’s best pork dishes while you plan your meals for the week. Either way you use it, it’s a journey well worth taking.
About the author
Chris Chamberlain is a food and drink writer based in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived his entire life except for four years in California where he studied liberal arts at Stanford University and learned how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular writer for the Nashville Scene and their “Bites” food blog. He has also contributed to the Nashville City Paper, Nashville Lifestyles magazine, 2001 Edgehill and at www.geardiary.com.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.