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Sep 7, 2009 09:19 AM

Cookbooks with a Pork Focus

I don't ever cook pork (or meat really), so do not have cookbooks that focus on pork exclusively. A friend's birthday is coming up, and she loves pork. I therefore wanted to see if any of you could recommend me a favorite cookbook that focuses on pork. The recipes should not be overly complex. In fact, the simpler, the better. Thanks in advance for your suggestions! I really appreciate it.

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  1. Funny, I was just reading another thread and somebody mentioned this one:

    Bruce Aidells's Complete Book of Pork

    I know nothing about it, but it sounds like what you'd be looking for!

    (If you're curious, it was mentioned in the thread about what to do with a leftover pig's head, spine etc.)

    1. You might look into Jane Grigson's Chacuterie and French Pork Cookery - I have enjoyed reading through it, but have not yet made anything from it.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions. I did a search and ended up buying these three books:
        1. Fergus Henderson's "The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating" (Perhaps the poster from the other thread should purchase this book.);
        2. Heather Lauer's "Bacon: A Love Story: A Salty Survey of Everybody's Favorite Meat"; and
        3. Peter Kaminsky's "Pig Perfect: Encounters with Remarkable Swine and Some Great Ways to Cook Them."