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Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog Hardcover – July 2, 2013
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At our house we have a love affair with pork and Beyond Bacon was exactly the book we needed to be better educated as to how to order our pastured pigs, and prepare them to make the most of every last delicious bite. Our plates of pastured pork have never tasted so perfect! -Mira and Jayson Calton, PhD, authors of Rich Food, Poor Food and Naked Calories
A jam-packed resource for fans of sustainable whole beast feasting, Beyond Bacon educates and inspires home cooks with gorgeous photography and eye-popping recipes. Head-to-tail eating has never looked so good. - Michelle Tam and Henry Fong of Nom Nom Paleo
If you have yet to experience the true pleasure of nose to tail cooking, or you have just been too intimidated to tackle the venture, this is the book to expand your horizons. - George Bryant of Civlized Caveman Cooking and author of Caveman Feast
Eating from "nose-to-tail" is not only good for your wallet, it's good for your health. In Beyond Bacon, Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry apply this important but lost art to eating the whole hog. They provide practical tips on everything from finding affordable pastured pork, to working with lard, sausages and cured meat, to making flaky and delicious Paleo pie crusts. If you're tired of the standard Paleo fare, or you're looking for ways to save money without skimping on flavor, Beyond Bacon should find a place on your shelf (as it has on mine!). - Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac
With the strong farm-to-table and Paleo lifestyle movements on the rise, we are becoming more in-touch and connected to the source of the food we're eating - and this means we're buying more whole animals directly from our local farmers. This is a fantastic effort, but what's a home cook to do with parts unknown? That's where Beyond Bacon comes to the rescue. This stunning book takes the guesswork out of how to make the best use of every part of the pig. It's a must-have in any nose-to-tail diner's home. Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites, author of Practical Paleo and The 21 Day Sugar Detox
Beyond Bacon takes the questioning out of how to create gorgeous meals from every piece of the pig. The pictures create a story and make you feel comfortable trying a different cut of meat or a new cooking technique in the comfort of your own kitchen. -Juli Bauer of PaleOMG and author of OMG That's Paleo?
Beyond Bacon will clearly and accurately explain the science behind the health benefits of pork, especially from sustainably-farmed, healthy pigs. Yes, eating pasture-raised pork will make you healthier! - Sarah Ballantyne, PhD of The Paleo Mom and author of The Paleo Approach
From the Author
Wait, is that CORN DOGS on the cover? How is that even possible?!
I am not a "great cook" or very adventurous, will I still like Beyond Bacon? I need simple!
I can't find pork bones or I have another stock on hand, can I use an alternative animal stock for your recipes? Can I buy lard at the store? What kind of almond flour did you use?
My family has food sensitivities beyond Paleo, how much of Beyond Bacon includes eggs and nuts? Is it Autoimmune-protocol friendly?
What about recommendation to avoid pork?
The book recommends cooking some cuts of meat until they are medium rare, isn't that going to kill me?
It is almost impossible to find good quality pork where I live. I can't find a farmer that doesn't feed their pigs GMO supplemental feed.
Isn't all that saturated fat dangerous?!
More About the Author
Focusing on an accessible, sustainable, and delicious recreations of "regular" food, Matt and Stacy have authored 3 family-friendly cookbooks: Eat Like a Dinosaur, Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids; Beyond Bacon, Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog; and, Real Life Paleo, 175 Gluten-free Recipes, Meal Ideas, and an Easy 3-Phased Approach to Lose Weight & Gain Health. The entire family loves to recreate old standard favorites in inventive and more healthful ways.
Back in the spring of 2010 Stacy felt miserable, exhausted and defeated. Having been obese for most of her life with no lasting success with any weight loss plan, she decided she needed to make a change. Following the 3 phased plan outlined in Real Life Paleo, the weight immediately started melting off! The intestinal problems she once faced since having her gall bladder out were gone. Heart-burn, sleep irregularities and utter exhaustion disappeared. After a year, her cholesterol, blood pressure, and thyroid were at a normal level. Even a seriously concerning white cell count, which made her blood work look like someone with a severe infectious disease, resolved itself. Best of all though, was an improved attitude with more energy and a desire to get up and do things!
Meanwhile, Matthew, too experienced immediate changes. He lost over 60lbs of fat in the same year. His severe anxiety and depression improved, as did his seasonal and pet allergies. Cole, the oldest son at 5 years, had behavioral, self-control issues that led to him nearly being expelled from preschool (ADHD). The dietary changes put him in control of his body almost overnight. By kindergarten he was praised as being the best behaved child in class. His asthma disappeared and his weight no longer "off the chart". Finian, 3, had a myriad of skin and allergy sensitivities ranging from eczema to severe pet allergies. Finian also showed early signs of ADD, which doctor indicated may lead to a need for medication. With Paleo, his ability to focus and pay attention immediately resolved and he doesn't have so much as a dry patch of skin! He, too, stopped growing wide and has shot upwards like a weed. Wesley, the Paleo baby, lucky to never have to struggle with colic, gas, a diaper rash or even a rough night's sleep. Wes, years later, has never had a fever or ear infection!
As of today the family has experienced health changes they never thought were even possible, as well as lost over 200lbs total since going Paleo. They feel their dietary changes have saved their family.
About the Blog
With 3 children now unable to eat "normal" foods, Matt & Stacy began Matt & Stacy began creating recipes for children with food allergies in mind. Both Eat Like a Dinosaur and Real Life Paleo highlight the top allergens and offer ideas on how to further eliminate tree nuts and eggs from their grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, legume-free recipes. Most recipes are appropriate for those with nearly any food allergies, including those following the Paleo, Primal, SCD, GAPS, and gluten-free lifestyles.
After years of successfully living this lifestyle, Matt and Stacy now love to share their knowledge through tips and tricks on the blog and books.
Matt, Stacy, Cole, Finian, and Wesley live in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Top Customer Reviews
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, goes out and gets everything I need for it & comes home to cook it up. I am more the kind who opens the fridge, freezer, and/or pantry and uses whatever I have to whip up a meal. Cookbooks just don't usually fit into that.
Enter Beyond Bacon...
I ordered a whole pig from my favorite local farm last year and have been cooking my way through it. When Stacy announced that she and Matt were working on Beyond Bacon, I was excited to have some new ideas to add into my family's menu rotation. I saved several of the more uncommon cuts so that I could try them using recipes in the book. When I was lucky enough to get a preview copy, I flipped through it and was immediately drawn in by the amazing photographs. The food looked incredible. Kudos to Aimee! I got it home and hoped to get some time to check it out. Then it got lost in the shuffle of life with kids. When I finally got a moment of quiet, I decided to reach for it. That was it. It had me at Bacon. I sat and read the entire thing. For several hours. I thought everything looked and sounded amazing, but still wasn't sure about using a cookbook for my family's meals, so I decided to look for recipes that I could make using just with what I currently had in the house. I hoped to find maybe one or two.Read more ›
The first section of the cookbook is level-setting, explaining "Why we wrote this love letter to pork," and it goes into more than why and how to find pastured pork, but also practical advice on how to order a whole pig (including what a cut sheet looks like: what thickness do you want the chops? what do you want to do with the loin?).
But then it dives into the meat (heh) of the book, which is where Beyond Bacon shines. Chapters are divided into the basics (lard, stock, sausages and cured meats); grilled and smoked recipes; soups and stews; braised and roasted pork; conventional preparations (e.g. pork chops, meat loaf); fried lard goodness; veggies and sides; sauces and dressings; sweet things. Just about every recipe has pork in it (at least lard) so don't pretend you'll find anything here to feed your vegetarian friend at Thanksgiving.
In the 6 weeks I've owned the book, I've made several things. Apple ginger tenderloin was really excellent, and didn't require much more preparation than "Throw it into a pan in the oven.Read more ›
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 selected a number of recipes to try immediately...
Stacy and Matt, the authors of the Paleo Parents blog and Eat Like a Dinosaur (A Recipe and Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids), dedicate this book to the entire animal, from understanding how important it is that the hogs live and grow in a humane environment and how that affects the quality of their lives and their meat, to rendering your own lard, making your own cracklings, to explaining the health benefits of eating pork, dispelling the myths around the "risks" of consuming pork products, clarifying how to purchase the whole hog and recommending how to communicate with your butcher to get the right cuts for your needs, to beautifully presented, photographed and easy-to-follow recipes that include savoury dishes and sweet "thangs" that will intrigue and inspire you.
The book is more than a book with recipes; it's a well-written, well-researched, respectful praise to this animal, this omnivore, which is perfectly in balance (when raised humanely) with its environment both for us, its predators, and for the plants and animals lower than it on the food chain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have kindle edition and works as a great reference when we get pork from CSA. Handy to have accessible electronically.Published 1 month ago by Melissa L
LOVE THIS BOOK! I started with the Kindle version and had to go buy the actual book because I use it so often. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another great cookbook from the Paleo Parents because who doesn't love bacon!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Searching for an healthy way to feed my family, I came across Paleo and found this book and I'm so glad I did! Bacon is a big hit and the fact that we can eat it is awesome! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Love to Read
A bacon lovers dream come true. Everything about this cookbook is amazing and if you are to have one in your kitchen this is it. Especially if you love bacon!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda
I own and LOVE Real Life Paleo by Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth so I had a feeling I would like this one too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angela
Can I just saw wow!!!! This is a beautiful great cookbook! ❤️Published 3 months ago by Lauren Brooks