The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of Fifty of the South's Best Restaurants  -     By: Chris Chamberlain
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The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of Fifty of the South's Best Restaurants

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 1401605028
ISBN-13: 9781401605025

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Publisher's Description

Chris Chamberlain, author of the popular The Southern Foodie Cookbook, takes you back to the South for a tour of the restaurants that make the best pig dishes.

When Ben Franklin lobbied his fellow founding fathers to consider the wild turkey as our young country’s national symbol, perhaps he should have considered the pig. Arguably the most democratic of all proteins, pork is welcome across the country from a gourmet pork belly dish on the menu of the toniest Charleston bistro to a whole hog roasting in a hole dug in the sand of a beach in LA (Lower Alabama).

Pork is also uniquely democratic in that it is a meat that is welcome at every meal. The old saw goes that when considering a breakfast of bacon and eggs, “the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.” While you may occasionally see a breakfast steak on the menu, the pig is the star of the morning meal. A thick-sliced smoked bologna purchased from a gas station deli in rural Tennessee is the perfect working man’s lunch, unless you consider the ultimate demonstration of the nose-to-tail versatility of the pig, a snoot sandwich made from a boiled hog’s nose slapped between two slices of white bread. Feel free not to consider that for too long…

The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig takes you on several journeys. An anatomic survey of the pig introduces readers to all the parts of this versatile animal and teaches procedures and recipes to prepare all sorts of wonderful dishes. A geographic tour of the Southern states will showcase restaurants in the region that have particular talents when it comes to pork. The chefs and pitmasters have shared some of their most sacred secrets, the actual recipes for the best pork, barbecue and bacon dishes that emerge from their kitchens. Finally, since man cannot live by pig alone (unfortunately), there is also a selection of recipes that are great accompaniments to the pork dishes contributed by the fifty Southern restaurants that are featured.

So feel free to keep a copy of this book in your glovebox to help you find the best place for an elegant meal in Atlanta or that hidden gem of a barbecue joint in Kentucky. Or get this book a little dirty in the kitchen as you take your own tour of the South’s best pork dishes while you plan your meals for the week. Either way you use it, it’s a journey well worth taking.

Author Bio

Chris Chamberlain is a food and drink writer basedin Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived his entire life except for four years in California where he studied liberal arts at Stanford University and learned how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular writer for the Nashville Scene and their "Bites" food blog. He has also contributed to the Nashville City Paper , Nashville Lifestyles magazine, 2001 Edgehill and One of his favorite things in life to do is to put a shoulder on the smoker and watch SEC football all day long while waiting for his pork reach "pig-picking" temperature as slowly as possible.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    October 8, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There is just so much to salivate over in this book. The pictures, the descriptions, the recipes, every inch is just covered in some sort of deliciousness. In fact the only thing that could possibly make the book better would be to insert some scratch and sniff spots . . . but of course that would just be over the top!

    I really like the layout of the book. The first section is educational. If you are a hard-core foodie or just an average joe, this section is for you. The explanations that are included on the different cuts of meat and the different types of seasoning methods are interesting and do not talk down to those of us that are not as well versed in the matters.

    The second section is going to make you want to take the ultimate foodie field trip. This section includes some of the outstanding restaurants in the South that just happen to feature some out-of-this-world pork dishes. The details make you feel like you are getting the inside scoop into each restaurant. At the bottom of each page is a list of that particular restaurant's specialties, insider tips to help you make your choices, and also directions to the featured recipe from this establishment in section three of the book.

    Chris Chamberlain saved the best for last in this book . . . the recipes! We've had the book for a couple of weeks and have tried several of the offerings. Granted my attempts are nowhere near as pretty as the pictures, but the results are oh so tasty! Just go ahead and add this to your Christmas list to give and to get. It will be perfect for all your favorite foodies.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  2. Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 16, 2014
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a devout Foodie married to a devout Foodie who has an affinity for pork, there was no question about whether or not this book would be loved. I adore it! The Southern Foodies Guide To The Pig is more than a listing of delicious places to eat in the South, it is a manual to creating, eating, and finding pig perfection! My husband and I spent more than an hour flipping through the pages and bookmarking all of the places we would eat and all of the recipes we would attempt. We live in Northern Virginia, and there are several listings for restaurants near our home.

    One of my favorite features of this book are the recipes provided from the restaurants that author Chris Chamberlain would rank as some of the best in the South. I am anxious to try so many of the sauces, rubs, side dishes, and desserts for myself.

    For this post, I made Buttermilk Pie from Something Different in Urbanna, Virginia. This recipe is simple and well worth the effort.

    I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Southern Fare! This is a fun read that I am sure you will reference often. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher and BookLookBloggers and the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.
  3. upstate NY
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unique cookbook!
    September 2, 2014
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have really enjoyed paging through this cookbook! I love always hearing or reading about restaurants and the inspiration behind the establishment and recipes that are made and served. Chris devotes a section of this book to just that - sharing information about restaurants in the South and what is unique about them, their history and the recipes that are their specialty. Following this section are many recipes that can be found at these restaurants, but also ones that can be made in your own home. However, each of this recipes contain an ingredient that is found in a pig. There is such a wide array of recipes, including beverages which I was not expecting! This is a great cookbook that will definitely be paged through many times, one that will be utilized if you are down in the South and looking for a place to eat that is highly recommended and sure to please and one that will teach you that there are parts of a pig that you did not know you could eat!

    *Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig
    August 27, 2014
    The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig by Chris Chamberlain is both instructive and entertaining to read. I am not the cook in my house but I think I could try out making some of the recipes in this book. I have had teh pleasure of reading his others books and they always are so beautiful to look at and are so easy to replicate. The best part is that the book is so comprehensive that I feel like I was traveling through this part of the country as well and I would love to see these locations one day myself. Sometimes recipe books make for fabulous coffee table books and this is one of them. I was given a review copy from booklookbloggers and all opinions are my own.
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