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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836826
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I can honestly say that The Whole Hog Cookbook is filled with love. Love for pigs and all of their beautiful parts...The photography is professional, but playful. It mirrors Libbie's personality perfectly, and really captures how personal these recipes and stories are. They are down home and honest. They truly come not only from the farm, but from Libbie's heart... Oink oink. This book is too much fun!" ~Mission: Food

"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

About the Author

Libbie Summers is the culinary producer for Paula Deen’s network shows and the senior food editor for Paula Deen Enterprises. She has styled and developed recipes for such clients as the Food Network, Smithfield Hams, and Kraft. Paula Deen founded The Lady and Sons Restaurant, which specializes in Southern cooking in Savannah, Georgia. She is the author of eight best-selling cookbooks. She publishes a bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, and is a regular guest on QVC.

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Great , witty stories included with delicious recipes!
Teresa Kelly
I highly recommend The Whole Hog Cookbook for anyone who loves food or a good book!
D Bird
Each week, I am cooking a recipe from the book for my family and friends.
Cheryl Kelley

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg Kantner on September 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I waited so long to get Libbie's cookbook "The Whole Hog Cookbook". I am going to tell you that it was well worth the wait. The recipes themselves are very exciting and make your mouth water. But then you look at the pictures (like I read the recipe first before looking at the pictures, right....)and you're hooked. The pig tails that she puts through out the book are so elegantly written. They draw you into that section of recipes and make you want to make them as much if not more than the picture in some cases. I love the drawings, especially the one for "Loins". At first look I thought the piggy was doing its business. I thought to myself, how could she start out with this. Then I realized that little dot was the beginning of the arrow up to the loin.

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........
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Pellegrini on February 25, 2014
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With a title like "The Whole Hog", I was really expecting a book to cover just that: the entire animal, and especially some of the more unusual cuts that rarely get serious cookbook attention. I have a family member who has been raising pigs for the past few years and since we slaughter a few for our own use, I've been seeking out different and delicious ways to use everything possible. I feel it's honestly the best way to honor the animals we raise for meat.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy on October 10, 2011
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I initially purchased The Whole Hog Cookbook for the recipes I've seen on a number of websites. I was eager to give some of the recipes a test run but, as it turns out, it ended up being one of those books one can't just put down. I actually found myself skipping over the recipes in order to get to the next story. I read on some blog that this was a cookbook for "chicks." I couldn't disagree more. I'm a "dude".... who loves pork who also loves funny people. I can honestly say it's my favorite purchase on Amazon in years! If you happen to be a friend of mine, DON'T buy this because you're getting it for Christmas! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Geary on December 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Whole Hog Cookbook by Libbie Summers is not just a mere cookbook. It is the accumulation of culinary knowledge gathered over a lifetime and perfected during Libbie Summers' professional cooking career.

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!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Heaston on October 9, 2011
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With so many cookbooks out with personal stories and recipes, it's hard to know who really knows their stuff and who is just a blogger or actress writing a cookbook. Let me tell you, from page 1 of this book, you'll realize that Libbie is the real deal. She's spent years honing her culinary skills, everywhere from pig farms to multi-million dollar yachts to serving as Paula Deen's food stylist. Not only has she created beautiful recipes, she knows her swine and gives them the love they deserve. I've never made homemade sausage before but her version looks easy and beautiful, I'm trying it this week! Aside from the pork recipes, she has some mouth-watering sides, such as her butt-kickin' ketchup. Her love for food and slightly sassy humor make this not only a fabulous cookbook but a great read. I love how the book is divided by parts of the pig and she has great tips on what kind of pork to use, where to get it, etc...This one has been out on my kitchen counter since it arrived and I doubt it will make it to the bookshelf anytime soon!
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Libbie Summers first earned her culinary chops below deck as a chef on private yachts--honing her cooking skills under extreme weather and guest conditions. Today, Summers is the artistic director of her own lifestyle brand, A Food-Inspired Life, where the beauty of food serves as the inspiration for film production, product design and events. Summers is an award-winning producer of imaginative lifestyle content for print, digital and film. Her work can been seen North and South of the equator for Paramount Pictures, Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, Huffington Post, Gilt, Vogue, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle, People, Food Network Magazine and both the livings -Southern and Country.

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.

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