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Pork and Sons
Pork & Sons is an authentic and intensely personal cookbook, presenting the reader with a multitude of ideas on how to cook fine and succulent pork, whilst giving a rare glimpse into a day in the life of a small family business in rural France. The recipes are wholesome and rustic, encapsulating the flavours and taste of a region.
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Phaidon Press
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I gave this book to Patrick for Hanukkah (A book about pork on a Jewish holiday? Ha ha!). We've made only two dishes from it so far, but one of them, pork chops with thyme and shallots, is so easy to prepare and so delicious that I recommend the book on the strength of a single recipe. Plus, Phaidon knows hip design, and the photos of various French butchers and sausage makers give you a warm, this-is-so-authentic feeling. Patrick and I can't wait to make boudin noir!
I likely will not attempt making too many of the recipes in this book, but I love it just the same. The old world French charm comes through on each page, with the introductions and photos of family and friends involved, as well as the incredibly charming drawings of the poor little sweet piggies who sacrifice their lives to be eaten and enjoyed.
Gorgeous book! Lush photos of both the recipes and the French farmers. This is a book you should read right before you fall asleep, dreaming of sausage gratins and living in Montreuil-where apparently there are constant pate making parties...
If you love pork (and who doesn't? note: if you don't love pork, gtfo), you need this cookbook. Not necessarily because you're going to make any of the recipes in it, because many of them are complicated or expensive. No, you need this cookbook because it's full of gorgeous full-color photographs of pork dishes, pictures and definitions of different kinds of pork sausages, the charming history of the author's pig-butchering French family, and little illustrations on the divider pages of dancing ...more
This is the most beautiful piece of kitchen lit I have seen to date. The images are brilliant and the prose is pure and honest. Any cook book that lists "Pompon", the local supplier/consumer of Armagnac, as an ingredient for proper pate, is a needed addition to one's library. Many of the artisinal ingredients can be hard to come by (unless you know a good, local tripe sausage maker) but logical substitutions can be made and the dishes still turn out incredibly well, if not completely authentic.