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Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog

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Beyond Bacon pays homage to the humble hog by teaching you how to make more than a hundred recipes featuring cuts from the entire animal. While bacon might be the most popular part of the pig for those following the paleo diet, there is a plethora of other delicious and nutrient dense cuts to enjoy.

Pastured pork is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published June 30th 2013)
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Jul 01, 2013 Alexa rated it it was amazing
There are a few things you should know about me before reading on:
1)I cook a whole lot. I often wonder if I spend more time in the kitchen than I do doing everything else combined.
2)I am not what you would call a “reader.” I very rarely read non-fiction books for pleasure. It is hard to engage me long enough to get really interested in something unless it has a great story line.
3)I don’t like cookbooks much. I think this goes back to #1. I am not the kind of person who looks up a great recipe,
Katrina Guy
Apr 16, 2015 Katrina Guy rated it really liked it
I took this out at the library and have tried two recipes, the bone broth one and the soup one (a bit modified for my allergies) and they were quite tasty. I wrote down one or two others but had to return the book. I am seriously considering buying it. These people understand mouthfeel and taste.

Right now, I'm giving it a four, because I'm not sure if I can find all the ingredients and I wish I could know what might substitute well, particularly in the baking dishes.
Also the pictures of the beau
Jennifer Knick
Jul 02, 2013 Jennifer Knick rated it it was amazing
Beyond Bacon is broken into three sections - a love letter to pork, kitchen skills, and recipes. A love letter to pork is the science section of the book. It explains the importance of finding pastured pork and how it relates to nutrition. It also answers questions such as does pork affect your blood and will pink pork kill me. If you have any doubts that pastured pork is a health food, read this section first.

The next section will help you get started in the kitchen. It covers the kitchen basi
Kari Scott
Jul 05, 2013 Kari Scott rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves great food!
Hog Wild for Beyond Bacon!

"With Beyond Bacon, we hope to expand your horizons so that you, too, fall in love with the whole hog." Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth have done just that!

Beyond Bacon is more than a cookbook! The authors provide great advice on how to find pastured pork, how to order a whole pig, and then what to do with every piece. I love the stories and quotes from friends and family members throughout the book. You feel like you get to know the authors on a personal level. There ar
Kyle Roberts
Jul 03, 2013 Kyle Roberts rated it it was amazing
I have been excited for a long long time to receive a copy of this book. And wholly pig they did not disappoint. This is way more than I expected. The recipes alone are worth the price of the book. But the recipes aren’t all that they provide you with.

The book starts off with a foreword by none other than Joel Salatin. If you don’t know who Joel is, Google it. You will love him, I guarantee it. Then Stacey and Matt layout the whole process of the pig. From why you should focus on pasture raised
Jul 02, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing
It’s not often that I get a cookbook and read cover to cover and truly enjoy every bit.

With Beyond Bacon, Paleo Recipes That Respect the Whole Hog, I stayed late into the night reading every single page from front to back! It is so much more than just a cookbook!

By the end of my reading, I had learned a few new things I ignored about this beautiful animal, the hog, was thoroughly impressed by Stacy and Matt’s eloquent style, was salivating from all the mouth-watering photography, and had select
Alison Golden
Sep 03, 2013 Alison Golden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paleo
Beyond Bacon is a beautiful book and unusually for a cookbook, has given me confidence.

Part-reference, part-recipe book it is fabulous achievement by authors Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth.

I've always been a little scared of pork, frightened by my elders cries about its potential for disease if not cooked "through and through" and then put off by the slabs of rubbery chewiness that landed on my plate and which I was expected to slog through.

But recently, with the help of this book, I have been o
Feb 24, 2014 Mycala rated it liked it
Some of the recipes are a bit more labor-intensive than I have time for, but if someone else had time to do all the cooking, I would happily indulge. Book has a paleo slant, so no flour or sugar in here. Some ingredients are not the sort of thing the average kitchen has stocked. (Hey, different strokes for different folks.) Found two or three things in here I wouldn't mind trying, but at this time I don't see this book going on my permanent cookbook shelf.
Anne Mockus
Jul 02, 2013 Anne Mockus rated it it was amazing
Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry of the Paleo Parents fame have created a masterpiece. I was lucky enough to help test recipes and receive a review copy of this book. It is beautiful in every sense of the word & a great resource for everything porcine. I wouldn't have considered attempting to eat an animal nose to tail but they've made it so approachable it is no longer a foreign concept. This book is for everyone from your amateur cook to your dedicated foodie. The recipes are delicious (an ...more
Tye Botting
Jul 01, 2013 Tye Botting rated it it was amazing
Often I don't like background information in cookbooks, but Beyond Bacon has just the right amount to really set the stage and get you excited to dive into the recipes that follow. When you get to the recipes, there's something for everyone - things you wouldn't normally expect, either from pork or in general. But they're all GOOD so far! I definitely urge you to try before you react. For example, the lard fudge and bacon pumpkin pancakes are wonderful! The recipes are simple and easy to follow ...more
Just received this one from Amazon and it looks like a big improvement over their first cookbook: Eat Like a Dinosaur. It's a beautiful book, much more visually appealing. I'm much more enticed to make the food. There's still a frustrating amount of non-paleo recipes in a book that purports to be paleo, I.e. those that contain sugar. (I now have a brownie craving I didn't have before cracking the book open. THAT'S NOT HELPFUL! THAT'S SABOTAGING MY EFFFORTS! /rant) But the rest looks amazing. A l ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Personally, I could've done without the first section of the book, as I was far more interested in the recipes. That being said, I loved the recipes. Lots of detailed instructions, very clear, and nicely laid out. I have several recipes from here on our meal plan for this month, and can hardly wait to try them!
Feb 16, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this cookbook! I can't get over some of the recipes they have made using pork. I'm not sure I'm ready to go total Paleo yet but this book would be the one to push me there. This book also makes me want to find a pastured pork!
Jul 02, 2013 Orleatha rated it it was amazing
I am going to keep this short and simple for those folks (like me) who just want the quick-and-dirty deets.

*This is more than a cook book – it has great information on the why’s and how’s of eating nose-to-tail as well as why a humanely raised animal is not only good for us but for the environment

*Full of swoon-worthy food-porn

*The food is AMAZING! We rendered our own lard (thanks for the tip about NOT using the crock pot); We made our own bacon (took about a week but SO worth it!) We made yucca
Natasha  A.
Jan 21, 2014 Natasha A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook, 2014
I love all the pig options, that use the whole thing. I like that there are things in here that I'll probably never eat, but that it's teaching me how to do it anyways. Can't wait to order my first 1/4 or 1/2!
Kristine Davis
Jul 05, 2013 Kristine Davis rated it it was amazing
Beyond Bacon is an absolutely beautiful and well put together book. I highly recommend this cookbook, which is so much more than just recipes. Stacy and Matt do an amazing job describing the ins and outs of pastured pork and the importance of eating nose to tail. All of the recipes are great, I can't decide which one I like the most. The only bad thing about this cookbook, is that we can't keep our pork products stocked!!
Elisabeth Kirchner
Jul 02, 2013 Elisabeth Kirchner rated it it was amazing
Creative recipes, insanely beautiful photography, and an inspiring message about the importance of respecting your food and where it comes from; this book has it all! From biscuits to head cheese, there is a recipe for everyone and every occasion. I do not follow a Paleo diet but I still find the recipes inspiring and delicious. This cookbook is awesome and I would absolutely recommend it!
Cc Cheney
Jul 02, 2013 Cc Cheney rated it it was amazing
Beyond Beautiful and tasty too!
I love the beautiful pictures with each tasty recipe. The recipes are not just Paleo or Primal... They are for anyone who wants to have a delicious pork dish tonight! Yiu will find favorites- sweet and sour pork but the ones you haven't tried before are the treasures! Try the bacon jam or sweet potato biscuits!
Well done Paleo Parents!
Jul 27, 2013 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing
Fabulously written, photographed, and organized book! More than a cookbook - a very beautiful educational tool about the importance of pork and more importantly, how it fits into a healthy, whole foods diet. A great resource for bacon-lovers and foodies that want to respect the whole animal.
Aubrey Anne
Apr 18, 2014 Aubrey Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, farming
Love this book! The photography, typography, and design of the book is absolutely beautiful! The recipes are great too, and there is a full range of recipes, including desserts-- who would have thought?! Everything I have made so far has been tasty.
Sile Mcdermott
Sep 10, 2013 Sile Mcdermott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
Everything that I have tried from this book has been exceptional!

Stacy and Matt know what they're doing. This book have me the courage to order my first whole pastured animal. I don't know if I can go back to conventional pork again...
Sarah Gilroy
Jul 24, 2015 Sarah Gilroy rated it it was amazing
Awesome cookbook. To me, a great cookbook has to have inviting pictures, down to earth writing and amazing recipes. This definitely fits the bill! Plus, it's all about pork which gets left out of so many cookbooks.
Jul 11, 2013 Bethanie rated it it was amazing
Fantastic cookbook! With TONS of porktastic info in the front! HIGHLY recommend this book, epseically for pork paleo cooking. I have a complete review with recipes tried on my blog.
Jan 16, 2014 T rated it it was amazing
I loved it. A whole lot of knowledge and recipes in one place. Great book.
Oct 10, 2013 Yahaira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Gorgeous book with amazing recipes. Each one I've tried has been a hit. This book got me to use lard, which I've never done before! Now I want to get a smoker and some pork belly.
Lindsey Gray
Jul 05, 2013 Lindsey Gray rated it it was amazing
Just picked this up at their book release party and it is so beautiful! Another Paleo cookbook I need two copies of - one to display and the other to use in the kitchen!
Nov 20, 2013 Maya rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
Beautiful book. I've tried a few recipes so far and feel using lard is too much grease for me. I'll be following more of the other recipes for certain.
Dec 20, 2013 Joi rated it it was amazing
So many amazing recipes in this book. I especially love the use of the whole hog. My favorite go-to recipe is the pork fried rice. Praise the lard!
Jeff Kukral
Sep 21, 2013 Jeff Kukral rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Not only is it Paleo but it gives a sense that we, as humans, can still make it in this world.
Jul 16, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Great book. And paleo friendly scrapple! Hell yeah!
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