PURE PORK: AWESOMENESS

PURE PORK: AWESOMENESS               KEVIN GILLESPIE

"Like Bubba Gump and his shrimp, I have a million ways to cook pork because I love it so much. If I had only one animal to eat forevermore, I would eat pigs. You could have a pork chop one day, pulled pork another, and cured bacon the next day, and they’d all taste completely different. You can't do that with chicken. Chicken tastes like chicken no matter what part of the animal you eat. And I love beef and lamb, but they don't have the amazing versatility of pork. Pork can be the star of the show or a background flavor. But no matter where it shows up, pork is always welcome on my table."
---from the introduction, Kiss a Pig

On Bravo TV's season six of Top ChefKevin Gillespie became known for his love of pork. He literally wears it on his sleeve with his forearm tattoo. His first book, Fire in My Belly, a James Beard Award finalist, included his famous Bacon Jam. Now he shares his passion and love of pork in a book devoted entirely to the subject. Pure Pork Awesomeness celebrates pork's delicious versatility with more than 100 easy-to-follow recipes. Dig into everything from Bacon Popcorn and Bourbon Street Pork Chops to Korean Barbecued Pork Bulgogi, Vietnamese Spare ribs with Chilli and Lemongrass, and Banoffee Trifle with Candied Bacon. Organized like the pig itself, recipes use every cut of pork from shoulder and tenderloin to pork belly and ham. Find out how to buy the best-tasting pork available, differences among heritage breeds of pigs, and what to do with new cuts like "rib eye of pork". . . all from a witty, talented chef who knows the ins and outs of cooking pork at home.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:

This was an excellent cookbook full of east to read recipes and photos of the finished product. The main thing is that this is all about pork. The quality, how to select the cut you want and how to select the pork just in general. I think that was just one of the better parts of the book was to make sure that you have quality pork and how to make sure that way what you are making will turn out the best. First I was surprised by this book not thinking I would enjoy it, but he goes through most ethnic dishes I believe and of course there were some that I have never seen or heard before. That just makes it more entertaining. Overall an outstanding cook book. I got this book from netgalley.  I give this 5 stars.

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