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Pig Perfect: Encounters With Remarkable Swine And Some Great Ways To Cook Them by Peter Kaminsky

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  • adrienneyoung on October 09, 2012

    Peter's recipe for pork shoulder with Armagnac, prunes and walnuts is really good. Definitely a keeper!

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  • ISBN 10 1401300367
  • ISBN 13 9781401300364
  • Published May 11 2005
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Hyperion Books
  • Imprint Hyperion Books

Publishers Text

What Bill Bryson did for trees and walking shoes and Mark Kurlansky did for cod, Peter Kaminsky now does for pork in Pig Perfect.

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.

Still hungry for more Try these delicious recipes interspersed throughout the book:


  • Porchetta, Burgundy Style
  • Suckling Pig Braised in White Wine and Herbs
  • Emile and Rachel's Roast Loin of Pork with Greens and Cantaloupe


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