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The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All That Good Stuff Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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"The woman knows her swine. (And, to Grandma Summers' credit, she's got a wicked sense of humor...)." ~Bon Appetit
"For this 192-page ode to the other white meat, the Georgia chef draws inspiration from Greece, Spain, and the American South. Check out her country ham and buttermilk biscuits with clementine prosecco marmalade." ~Country Living
"...an agressively pretty book..." ~The New York Times
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Summers is the author of three books: Sweet and Vicious -baking with attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), Brown Sugar (Short Stack Editions, November 2014) and The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2011). She is a two time IACP winner: Best Single Subject Food Video (2014) for 20 Creative Pie Crimping Techniques in 120 Seconds and Best Food Blog (2013) for Salted and Styled (co-created with photographer Chia Chong).
Summers lives in Savannah, Georgia, with one husband, one son, and one opinionated-dog who is lobbying for her own Instagram account. She maintains her body and body of work are both food inspired.
Top Customer Reviews
But the focus here is still mostly on the basics: bacon, ham, chops, ribs, ground pork, already prepared sausages. (And with a lot of promotion of "SMITHFIELD" pork products specifically as well...not something I'm going to buy when I'm getting my own pigs butchered and smoked!) There are only two recipes with pig's liver, nothing using the heart, tongue, ears...all cuts that are used in certain ethnic cuisines and that I was really looking for recipes featuring (head meat is basically completely ignored.) It's also pretty heavily focused on heavy, Southern style pork recipes that aren't really how I like to cook: Super Mac and Cheese, Dinnertime Donuts, Country Ham and Buttermilk Biscuits--using SMITHFIELD ham of course, Gooey Butter Cake, Pumpkin Pie Pancakes (the only pork being in the Bacon Butter) etc. But maybe I shouldn't have expected anything else from Paula Deen's food stylist?
But that stylist background is probably why the book at least LOOKS so pretty...in a fashion magazine or faux-country "Bon Appetit"-magazine kind of way. As it is I haven't felt tempted to try more than a few recipes from this book even as I've had it on my shelf for coming up on a year now. I might end up re-gifting this book to someone else who is looking for more basic pork recipes or just likes to look at pretty pictures of food.
People, you have to get out and get this recipe book to add to your collection. It is so much more than a recipe book. It's filled with so many of her memories and they will bring back your childhood memories as well. (BTW, Libbie, I grew up in Ohio and mom made the tenderloin sandwiches like yours that were the size of a baseball glove, it didn't stop at Illinois...LOL). The pictures are so excellent, you'll want to put this book on your coffee table in your living room. Just make sure you get it into your kitchen as well to make these tasty piggy recipes. Now, I have to get back to reading The Whole Hog Cookbook........
It is a book about family, fashion and of course, food! The personal anecdotes Libbie shares of her cooking adventures combined with the gorgeous, mouthwatering photography of Chia Chong makes this book a unique original, much like the author herself.
This tome of hog knowledge is not just a master class in appetizing pork preparation but an insightful look into the life, style and talent of Libbie Summers, who much like her beloved grandmother Lula Mae, is a true "character."
The recipes contained within the pages of the Whole Hog Cookbook are not just for the experienced few but are easily executable by the "kitchen-phobic." Emancipating us mere mortals from our microwaves and drive-through windows, and allowing us to create a meal worthy of the noble swine who inspired it!
Let Libbie Summers take you on a hog-wild adventure through the kitchen, you will not be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book looks good. I haven't had time yet to try any recipes. Have been very busy selling my pork at farmer's market. Will post an update when I do.Published 6 months ago by Collieflowerwv
I brought this as a gift. People kept mentioning it was for women. I would have to disagree. I gave the book to a guy. He can't stop talking about it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Vivian A. Martell
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this cookbook. Great , witty stories included with delicious recipes! A must have book! Highly recommend purchase is worth every penny!Published 22 months ago by Teresa Kelly
With a name like "Whole Hog" I was hoping for something that gave me ideas for offal, sausages, etc. - unusual ways to use unusual cuts. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Sandra Lowry
Really nice book, great recipes. Was bought as a present and the recipient loves it! Book arrived well before advised delivery date in pristine condition.Published on July 23, 2013 by Margo
I got this as a gift for my father, who loves eating all things pig-related, and he has really enjoyed experimenting with the different recipes in the book.Published on July 7, 2013 by C. Kan
Flipped through this after my mom brought it for herself and couldn't stop reading. This isn't your average cookbook trying to appeal just to moms or grandmas. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by K Heritage
I am raising Mangalitsa pigs, so i want to know about everything about the body and cooking and drying. I will looking forward to useing this book. THANKYOU:-) You guys rock;-)Published on February 22, 2013 by jada