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Pig: Cooking with a Passion for Pork

Pig: Cooking with a Passion for Pork [Kindle Edition]

Johnnie Mountain
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The pork on your fork is a truly succulent meat, able to hold its own against any red-meat rival. Words like ‘rashers’, ‘gammon’, ‘chops’, ‘belly’ and ‘bacon’ have a poetry savoured by all who know this wonderful animal well.

Yet pork can be a tricky meat to cook: it can easily become tough and dry – and achieving the perfect crackling is even harder! But when you know the expert’s secrets, you realise that pork is a fantastic meat. It’s healthy, inexpensive and incredibly versatile – and the various types of pork offer up wonderfully diverse flavours, aromas and textures. In Pig, chef Johnnie Mountain demystifies cooking with pork. With more than 100 delicious recipes, as well as information, tips and QR codes for your smart phone that take you to how-to video footage throughout, this book shows you how to cook pork brilliantly.

Pig is divided into four chapters. Chapter One, Home Favourites, gives you simple recipes for the whole family – for example, Grilled Garlic & Sage Pork Chops and Pork & Apricot Tagine. In Chapter Two, Cured, Dried, Preserved & Smoked, you’ll find amazing tastes and textures such as Pea & Ham Terrine and Ham Steaks with Caramelized Apple. Chapter Three, Aromatic & Spicy, shows you how to infuse fiery flavours into dishes like Vietnamese Pork Salad and Char Siu Pork. And Chapter Four, Slow-Cooked, reveals the secrets to truly succulent pork with recipes such as Slow-Roast Belly of Pork and Pork Loin in a Fennel-Salt Crust.

Special practical features throughout the book explain the different cuts of meat and how to smoke, preserve, cure and braise. This book celebrates the pig in all its glory!

About the Author

Johnnie Mountain is a charismatic and entertaining chef, star on BBC2's Great British Menu, and owner of The English Pig and The Atrium restaurants in London. He previously worked at Cafe Dell Ugo, Zilli Fish and The Fat Duck, and then branched out on his own in 2000, opening Mosaica, then The English Pig and, most recently, The Atrium. More information can be found at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4393 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers (1 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AW8L838
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars porky perfection 4 Oct 2012
This book has everything you need to be able to cook pork perfectly. The introduction has information on how to choose & store pork, along with general tips on how to cook the various cuts of meat. The recipes are wide ranging - from comforting family fare to dishes perfect for entertaining. Recipes include those for breakfast, quick meals, lunches & main meals. The "slow cooking" section is my favourite - especially Johnnie's dish of Slow Roasted Pork Belly (it's AMAZING!). Throughout the book there are QR codes that link to "show me how" videos - a brilliant idea (if you dont have a smartphone or tablet, the acknowledgements page gives a web address for the videos). At the back of the book is a section of recipes for accompaniments to go with the dishes. This is a book to be used & consulted regularly - a Pork Bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful, some great recipes in it 27 Sep 2012
There is a vast range of pork recipes in this book and there is pretty much something for everyone on every budget, every level of ability, from quick recipes to ones that cook all day. I always worry that books by chefs are going to be full of complicated processes, lots of unusual ingredients and be more effort than they are worth, but this book is not like it at all. I have made two recipes so far, all with pretty standard ingredients easily available - in fact, many things I already had in my store cupboard and they were both well received by my family.

The recipes were well laid out and it usually has QR codes throughout which take you to videos showing you how to do various techniques. I found this very useful.

The front section is very interesting and useful for anyone wanting to get the best out of cooking pork dishes, relating to the different cuts and why different cuts suit different dishes.

If you love pork, you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think I have licked every page! 4 Feb 2013
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I have never read a cookbook as brilliant as this one. Every page makes your mouth water. Just when you think nothing could sound tastier; turn over, there it is! We want to rear pigs ready for cooking and this book has really inspired me. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever pork cookbook 5 Jan 2013
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I cheffed for many years and always had a pork problem. When I worked as a private chef I had to make sure my clients were either Jewish or Muslim because I was so consistently rubbish at cooking a leg or shoulder of pork. Johnnie Mountain's book changed all that. His recipe for roast shoulder is foolproof and turns out moist and buttery everytime. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, especailly for cooks with a pork problem - like me.
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To start I must admit that I've got massive respect for Johnnie Mountain - something that was reinforced when he stood up for his beliefs and walked out of the Great British Menu. The F-bomb was just an added bonus as he did this. ;-)

This book is written about the glorious pig, an animal that brings lots of joy to us who enjoy proper food. It's not only written about the pig, it is written as a declaration of love to the pig and its versatility.

This book not only teaches you about the various cuts of pig, it also brings you recipes from across the world that utilises these different cuts. If that wasn't enough, you will also learn about various cooking methods to bring the best out of the different cuts.

The information is clear and concise and the recipes are varied, informative, enthusing and a joy to follow. There is lots of small tips and hints from the start to the finish of this book that just adds value.

It doesn't matter if you already love the swine or if you want to learn how to love it - this is a great addition to any cookbook collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book 23 April 2013
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Got this for my parents. They loved the fact it had some history and interesting facts in there as well as some good recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book 7 April 2013
By Rowan
A really gorgeous book. Enjoyable to read through but exciting to use. Really brought us much pork enjoyment. Can't wait to have our own
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 23 Mar 2013
By batesy
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Fabulous book, if you like pork, or indeed good food in general, this is a must buy product. Best cookery book I have bought!
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