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Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter Hardcover – March 1, 2010
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What this book does do, and does well, is talk about how to use ham as an ingredient in new and unexpected recipes which I really appreciate and is just what I was looking for. Typically, when ham goes on sale after a holiday, I'll purchase one or two, get them sliced, then portion them out into 1 lb packages that I can freeze and use throughout the coming months. The book lists recipes for both city hams, country hams and *fresh* ham which is a bonus since we also buy our meat in bulk and often end up with fresh ham cuts.
For example, recipes include: Jerk style Country Ham and Pineapple Tamales, Chinese Style Barbecued Boneless Fresh Ham, "Jefferson" Virginia Ham Pasta, etc. They're inventive new ways to use ham vs. just frying a steak in a skillet or chopping some up to throw in a casserole. I've really enjoyed every recipe I've made so far (5 from the book currently) and have more bookmarked as "to try".
My only quibble is some of the serving sizes. For example, the Ham Cacciatore recipe calls for a 5 lb bone-in ham and says it's for 6 servings. Even if the bone weighs a full pound (which it doesn't). that means the serving size is almost 11 oz (uncooked) of meat. But that's an easy fix with either reducing recipe sizes or increasing expectations for sizes.
I definitely recommend this book for people who are looking for new recipes that feature ham as one of the main ingredients.
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This was for my niece as we have a family joke about ham. The book is certainly a conversation piece and is entertaining with good recipes. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Linda DeNicola
I thought there would be information on how to make different types of ham from around the world ... This is just a collection of how to prepare store bought hams.Published on January 4, 2014 by Sandra L. Young
An obsession with the hindquarter??!! C'mon there are a couple of stories about failed attempts to make ham and then a series of recipes using ham. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Primary Producer
very unpleasent book: recipes around the word, yes, but rare recipies, a very little about how ham are prepared before using in a recipe. My expectation were much higher.Published on November 25, 2011 by sr Andres Barsumian
I gave this as a gift to a good friend. Before I passed it along I read about 1/2 of the recipes to make sure it would be a good gift. Well I know I will buy this one for myself. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by David E. Barnes