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Stunning book with even better recipes,
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This review is from: A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories (Hardcover)
April Bloomfield's first book is beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated with mouthwateringly stunning food photography to boot. Judge a book by it's cover and you might think this book will be full of controversial recipes aimed hardcore foodies, which could not be further from the truth. Personally I love the front of this book; it is honest, unashamedly real and does not disturb me one bit. As a now-meat eater AND ex-vegan/ vegetarian (of 12 years) I like to know where my meat comes from. My bacon/ sausages/ ham hock-shock horror- all come from a pig! Wow. Who knew.
The important part, the recipes, are winners. From the humble porridge recipe (which has changed the way I do breakfast) to April's fabulous pie, I am in love with them all. And yes, there is a section using slightly less common cuts of meat, which STILL manages to be appealing. How can anyone be offended by this? If you are happy to eat a pigs belly why not calves liver? And if you are vegetarian, there are gorgeous non-meat recipes in the book too. And if that is still too much then I'm sure there are some wonderful vegetarian books out there for you.
So far I have worked through a handful of recipes and am very much enjoying April's writing at the same time. I've got my sights set on at least another 30 recipes and expect to have a busy summer... Easily the most beautiful and exciting cookbook of the year.