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Charming, eccentric, beautiful - and porky!
on 22 May 2007
Surely one of the most beautifully designed cookbooks of the year, Pork & Sons is winner of the French Cookbook of the Year 2006 and has now arrived in English here and in the US. The book is nothing short of a love story - one man's love for the way of life that encompasses everything porcine.
The book is illustrated throughout with glorious earthy photos and quite charming cartoons depicting pigs in "interesting" situations. All the chapter headings and recipe titles are handwritten. What we get from this is a general feel of well being, of a rustic, back-to-basics approach to cooking, celebrating flavour and tradition - though Reynaud isn't afraid to break a few taboos.
Pork & Sons contains some 150 recipes ranging from a chapter on black pudding through to some fairly exquisite looking 'party' dishes (read 'restaurant style'). Interestingly, Reynaud isn't afraid to cross the codes - he matches Spanish chorizo with mozerella and basil or French ham with piquillo peppers, where Iberico ham would be the obvious choice.
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