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Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter Hardcover – March 1, 2010

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About the Author

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the authors of the bestselling Ultimate cookbook series, fronted by The Ultimate Ice Cream Book. They have two titles out this year: Pizza: Grill It, Bake It, Love It and Cooking Know-How. They are contributing editors, columnists, or features writers in national publications, including Eating Well, Cooking Light, and the Washington Post. They live in Colebrook, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1st edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798323
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alright let's be clear here - this book is not about HOW to cure ham. If you're looking for that you'll need to look more along charcuterie style books.

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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I thought it would at least tell you how to make your own ham IF YOUR OBSESSED WITH HAM YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT
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The story "bits" were somewhat ridiculous, and the recipes, I thought, were mediocre, in the book "Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter". It was not what I had expected from these two people!
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All you want to know about hams except the "Genuine Virginia Smithfield Ham" with a long shank. It is the official royal ham in England. It deserves a chapter just on this ham. What was the author thinking to not include it? Or, is he just not knowledgable?
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Not once did they mentioned making a single ham. I wanted to know how to salt cure an old world ham. If I could have seen it on a book shelf and look it over it was a waste of money. Guess the authors expect you to buy all the different types for cured meat in the recipes.
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My Grandfather cured Hams, and I helped with the Brine and Smoking. So you can see that HAM was a big part of our dining when i was growing up. HAM, The new cookbook by Weinstein & Scarbrough is outstanding in every way. It has given me insights into preparing AND enjoying wonderful ham. Thank you both for giving us this treasure!. Sincerely, Joan Lewis.
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Not sure what the reviewer who gave this book one star is referring to. I just got this from my wife for Christmas and all I can is wow. This book is amazing and well written. The humor is snarky and fantastic too. Everything from using and smoking fresh hams is to be found in this book. Go buy this if you love ham!
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Ham was pretty much a once a year affair for me. But I am a real fan of the authors' last book "Cooking Know-How" and had to see what the authors were up to with their newest food obsession. I was not disappointed. This is a feast of a book. More delicious recipes for ham than I could have imagined, punctuated by a hilarious narrative of the authors' adventures during their year of ham. Read it first and then cook from it. You will not be disappointed.
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