Serious Pig

Serious Pig : An American Cook in Search of His Roots

By (author) John Thorne , With Matt Lewis Thorne


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In this collection of essays, John Thorne sets our to explore the origins of his identity as a cook, going "here" (the Maine coast, where he'd summered as a child and returned as an adult for a decade's sojourn), "there" (southern Louisiana, where he was captivated by Creole and Cajun cooking), and "everywhere" (where he provides a sympathetic reading of such national culinary icons as the hamburger, white bread, and American cheese, and sits down to a big bowl of Texas red). These intelligent, searching essays are a passionate meditation on food, character, and place.

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 142.2 x 205.7 x 35.6mm | 476.28g
  • 16 Nov 2000
  • North Point Press
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0865475970
  • 9780865475977
  • 1,775,221

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John Thorne and Matt Lewis Thorne live in Northampton, MA. They have published the food letter Simple Cooking for 20 years.

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“[Thorne's] richest book yet; one in which simple disparate thoughts begin to coalesce into a genuine philosophy of food.”—Ruth Reichl, "Saveur" “Here’s a rare treat, a book in which the recipes are only a means to an end or stepping stones in cultural detective stories . . . [Thorne's] folkloric approach to food nourishes the brain as well as the body.”—William Rice, "Chicago Tribune" “The Thornes love their subject, but critically, knowledgeably and with a sense of humor that makes the narrative flow as if velvetized by mayo.”—Sheila Himmel, "The Washington Post Book World"

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