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Editorial Reviews


This brilliant book brings the do it yourself mantra to pork. The art and skill of healthy eating can be regained by marrying the ecologically-sound farm to the delightful tastes and textures of delectable dining. -Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms

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

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Some of our most frequently asked questions are answered on our blog (PaleoParents), including:
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?!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; 1 edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608232
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry are the couple behind the popular blog PaleoParents.com. Well known for their award-winning recipes and their successes with the Paleo diet, they have been featured in national publications, live speaking events, on radio shows and videos, and television news programs. Their success story of drastically improving the health of the whole family and losing over 200 pounds as a couple is a testament to the power of this lifestyle. You can also find them on their top rated podcast, The Paleo View.

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.

Success Story
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.

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Format: Hardcover
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, 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.
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There seem to be two types of paleo cookbooks. One spends half the book telling you about the benefits of the diet, with some recipes to illustrate how it's Not All Bad. The other type of cookbook -- obviously the kind I prefer -- has an introductory chapter or two to define the diet (and oh yeah, the reasons why), and then dives into a bunch of yummy recipes that just-so-happen to be paleo. Beyond Bacon is very much in the second category, and it's an easy one to recommend. Because it is, more than anything else, a "nose to tail eating" cookbook for those of us who like pork. In other words, it's not about what we _aren't_ eating (grain, in my case, maybe legumes in yours) but appreciating what we _are_.

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.
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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 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.
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