A Girl and her Pig by April Bloomfield

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In sum, this is an altogether lovely book that humbly requests the best of its readers with an open and gentle respect.
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Synopsis

In A Girl and Her Pig, April Bloomfield takes home cooks on an intimate tour of the food that has made her a star. Thoughtful, voice-driven recipes go behind the scenes of Bloomfield's lauded restaurants—The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory—and into her own home kitchen, where her attention to detail and reverence for honest ingredients result in unforgettable dishes that reflect her love for the tactile pleasures of cooking and eating. Bloomfield's innovative yet refreshingly straightforward recipes, which pair her English roots with a deeply Italian influence, offer an unfailingly modern and fresh sensibility and showcase her bold flavors, sensitive handling of seasonal produce, and nose-to-tail ethos. A cookbook as delightful and lacking in pretention as Bloomfield herself, A Girl and Her Pig combines exquisite food with charming narratives on Bloomfield's journey from working-class England to the apex of the culinary world, along with loving portraits of the people who have guided her along the way.

 

About April Bloomfield

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April Bloomfield is the executive chef and co-owner with Ken Friedman of the Michelin-starred The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory restaurants. She has worked at The River Café in London and other celebrated restaurants. A native of Birmingham, England, she lives in New York City.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Ecco. 352 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Cooking. Non-fiction
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BuffaloNews.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew Z. Galarneau on Apr 04 2012

In a time when ambitious cooks are turning to the bounty of local fields and farms, April Bloomfield’s style and grace, reflected in “A Girl and Her Pig,” have the potential to launch another British invasion.

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Seattle Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Sonja Groset on Apr 02 2012

It isn't like a visit to the Spotted Pig, but it may be equally delicious.

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LAWeekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenn Garbee on Mar 27 2012

Even the cookbook itself, which is weighty and dense, feels like a novel or memoir (in our copy, many of the pages are so tightly packed, they had already loosened from the spine). And you really could settle into a lounge chair and read the recipe headers and essays front to back: The "Nibbles" chapter to start, then "Meat Without Feet" (and "Birds" and "Cow" and "A Little Lamb" and "Fine Swine"), and of course, "The Not-So-Nasty Bits."

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British Food in America

Good
Reviewed by Brian Yarvin.

In sum, this is an altogether lovely book that humbly requests the best of its readers with an open and gentle respect.

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