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April, April, April - what a chef! Delicious, brilliant, inspiring... With her book, A Girl and Her Pig, you can now sample her splendid food in your own kitchen -- Fergus Henderson Such a brilliant, beautiful book from one of my favourite cooks, one of the most humble, genius chefs on the planet. This chick cooks like a ninja, and now she's giving you all of her secrets - what are you waiting for? -- Jamie Oliver April Bloomfield is already someone I admire enormously, and whose food I adore, one terrific restaurant after another. But with her book, she's done yet another extraordinary thing: it's a beast - and it's going right up there on the special shelf next to the classics. Whenever I eat April's food, read her menus or cook from her recipes, I feel like she's reading my mind. It's always exactly what I wanted and needed, but better. I want to be just like her when I grow up -- Anthony Bourdain April Bloomfield's beautiful book is one of only a handful that make me want to go straight into my kitchen and start to cook. A triumph -- Russell Norman This is a fine book, and a good read -- Shaun Hill * Caterer and Hotelkeeper * This beautiful book is accurately subtitled 'Recipes and Stories', for at every turn, April tells a little story about creating the dish, or why she has chosen a particular combination of ingredients, or how a flavour conjures a particular memory * Good Book Guide * Bloomfield is definitely a chef worth booking in for -- Victoria Stewart * London Evening Standard * You can bet this woman doesn't only think in food: she dreams in it, too -- Ruby Warrington * Sunday Times Style * Her influences range from her time spent at the River Cafe and Bibendum, all of which come together into beautifully rustic, relaxed cooking with an underlying commitment to precision -- Eve O'Sullivan * Gerber Public Relations * GQ's favourite female chef ... With great photography (by David Loftus) and illustrations, you won't know whether to read it, use it, or just admire it * GQ * The force behind Manhattan's Spotted Pig serves up delicious recipes, each accompanied by anecdotes infused with her exacting, passionate approach to food * Vogue * --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In A Girl and Her Pig, April Bloomfield takes home cooks on an intimate tour of the food that has made her a star. Thoughtful, voice-driven recipes go behind the scenes of Bloomfield's lauded restaurants—The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory—and into her own home kitchen, where her attention to detail and reverence for honest ingredients result in unforgettable dishes that reflect her love for the tactile pleasures of cooking and eating. Bloomfield's innovative yet refreshingly straightforward recipes, which pair her English roots with a deeply Italian influence, offer an unfailingly modern and fresh sensibility and showcase her bold flavors, sensitive handling of seasonal produce, and nose-to-tail ethos. A cookbook as delightful and lacking in pretention as Bloomfield herself, A Girl and Her Pig combines exquisite food with charming narratives on Bloomfield's journey from working-class England to the apex of the culinary world, along with loving portraits of the people who have guided her along the way.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; 3.11.2012 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062003968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062003966
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By cait VINE VOICE on June 16, 2012
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Please, ignore the people who have never actually looked at this book, except maybe a picture of the cover, have no idea what it is about and just wish to drag the ratings down.
Yes, amazingly, meat comes from animals. I eat meat. Get over it.

This is a very nice cookbook. Because this book is so much more than the cover. Or a pig.
It is a delightful book, full of yes, great recipes in a whole range of categories but even more than that as well. First of all, it has some of the most beautiful photographs of food that I have ever seen in a cookbook, by David Loftus. And some delightful illustrations by Sun Young Park, climbing up the sides of pages, introducing each chapter...so cute.

There is also a very entertaining introduction that tell a bit about Bloomfield's story and tells us her take on any number of ingredients and equipment. We also find out a good deal about Bloomfield from about a dozen little essay sprinkled throughout the book, telling fun stories about growing up in England, her family, how she became a chef (she really wanted to be a cop but missed the exam date), her early career, what makes a good pub, how to make a good cup of tea. And happily, every recipe starts with the chef giving a nice introduction to the dish, what she loves about it, how she came to make it, tips and hints and opinions. This is a very personal cookbook, one in which Bloomfield, who is a quite funny, quite likeable person, just jumps out on every page.
I am not one to sit down and read cookbooks, but for this one I made an exception.
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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.
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Coming from an individual who raises all natural/humanely raised pigs I say cheers to Chef Bloomfield. She know how to cook a pig. I find it offensive when an individual goes to a mega grocery store - picks out a Styrofoamed lean and boneless loin of pork - goes home an cooks the crap out of it. To all the hypocrites who refuse to eat the liver, ears, trotters, and blood of the pig yet criticize her for holding a pig gently like a young lamb I say shame on you. The majority of the world has enough respect to honor the life given than turn their nose to less desirable cuts of meat. Go after the mega farms that raise animals unnaturally. If you are going to eat meat do your best to support small farms with heritage breeds that are raised in pasture with apples to eat in the fall, trimming from the garden, trees to scratch on, and treated with animal cookies . Lets be rid of mega farms with deep lobby money that dictate the way we eat. April is doing more to elevate our perceptions on the way we consume. Let us encourage chefs that treat their products with respect and source their ingredients from responsible farmers.
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I am surprised that many reviewers find this cover so offensive. It isn't bloody, or even gratuitous. The pig is in repose, obviously dead, even stamped by the USDA. Ms. Bloomfield is holding the pig, gently, carefully, and with respect, in the same manner that any hunter or cook would carry food before preparing it. It IS a dead pig, however, but it is also a representation of sustenance and a depiction of the reality of an omnivorous lifestyle, a lifestyle practiced by most of this lovely planet - it all boils down to taste, protein, vitamins and feeding the body what it requires. If you dislike the photo, by all means, don't buy the book - but please don't disparage a well-written, heartfelt book because you choose to eat differently.

Would it be a better cover if the pig was replaced with a salmon, a lamb, a side of beef, a naked paralegal, or a garland of fresh herbs? I don't think so. She's a chef, folks, a chef who cooks meat. She carries her wares, her attitude and the tools of her trade with confidence and care. She's also written a fine, fine book - a personal book, with loving portraits of her family, and many fine recipes. What more could you ask of a cookbook? A better cover? Oh heavens, please, we've been blessed with books with bad covers since Moby Dick! Relax - the Dollar Store sells book covers, buy one - otherwise review books you have an interest in. "A Girl and Her Pig" deserves your attention for what's between the pages.
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