Summers, whose grandparents owned a hog farm in Missouri, was so inspired by her childhood farm experiences that she dedicated her debut cookbook to the pig itself. The Whole Hog Cookbook (released early this month) is an authentic ode to pork—with sustainable solutions for using the whole hog from snout to tail. The book (published by Rizzoli) is a hard-bound visual, culinary and literary delight. Recipes are peppered with appetizing imagery and quirky, off-beat stories of Summers’ life experiences like growing up on a small farm and traveling the world as a chef.  The tales, appropriately dubbed “Pig Tales,” proceed each chapter of the book and make it humorous and relatable. Even the recipe introductions reveal Summers’ clever and simplistic approach to making menu items come to life.

 

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