The Whole Hog Cookery Book
Took part BBC Radio Scotland’s phone in programme, Call Kaye on 4 October 2012. Asked to open the discussion on Nigela Lawson’s new book saying that perhaps it should have a health warning! One dish had 2000 calories. My take is simply that these books and TV programmes are pure entertainment. We all know what makes us fat and we all know what we should eat! Buy books that show how you how to cook with lovely fresh seasonal ingredients such as My ‘The Whole Hog’ or Catherine Brown and Sue Lawrence’s books; two excellent Scottish writers. We have a fabulous product in Scotland, treat it simply and eat a little of what you fancy! But COOK!
The Whole Hog by Carol Wilson and Christopher Trotter
Written by Carol Wilson and Christopher Trotter, this book is much more than a cookbook; it is a celebration of the pig and all its parts – a unique blend of historical, geographical and culinary interest, together with clear explanations of how to cook the different cuts of pork and over 100 delicious recipes from chef Christopher Trotter.
The pig has been domesticated throughout Europe since ancient times and the result is a variety of magnificent meat products with a fascinating history. The Romans introduced the sausage as a nutritious portable food for their marching legion (centuries later Louis XIV and Napoleon were also known to be fans), while Ardennes ham was praised by the ancient Greeks for its flavour and texture.
The idea of being able to cook everything but the squeal of a pig permeates the recipes which are informed by the traditions covered in the main text. Completely international and full of fantastic photographs and an engaging text this book will be a must-have for any pie fan, bacon-sandwich supporter or sausage addict.
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