Beyond Bacon (Book Review)

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I am a huge fan of bacon. (From pastured, humanely-raised, healthy, traditionally-processed, non-CAFO hogs of course....)

But, I am also a huge fan of "waste not, want not" and economical food spending. So in the past few years my family has bought into both "pig-shares" and "cow-shares", where we split the cost of one animal amongst several families. This works out wonderfully for our pocket book, but....


The problem with buying "shares" of meat...


When we first got our pig share several years ago I remember enjoying bacon and sausage at breakfast for about two months straight... and then realizing that I still had a freezer full of meat left that (if I was being honest with myself) I really had NO IDEA how to cook....

Because, after all, no matter how hard pig farmers might try... they will never get JUST bacon and sausage from a pig.

That's where the Paleo Parents come to the rescue. They recently wrote a book, Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog that I REALLY wish I had had for my kitchen starting about two years ago... (Better late then never, though, right?)

Paleo Parents to the rescue...


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This book is awesome on so many levels. It harkens back to an older, less-rushed, less pre-packaged, less wasteful time. A time when people used to know their butchers, if not the animals they ate. A time when people used to prepare food from scratch, not because it was "hip" but because there weren't other options....

This book helps us relearn some of the culinary skills that our grandparents knew, but our mothers and fathers took for granted. It helps us to relearn how to respect the whole animal. And not simply because we don't want to waste food... but because there are actually many, many, MANY delicious recipes we can make.

What's not to love...


This book covers everything from tail to snout and everything in-between. It provides easy to follow recipes with simple to source ingredients and simply stunning, mouth-watering food photography. Each recipe I have tried from this book so far has been amazing. 

The book starts with an explanation of why you should buy pastured pork and an in-depth examination of the fact that pig meat (and fat!) are actually good for us when they come from healthy animals. Even if you know all of this information already, this book is a great refresher course.

Next, the book examines different techniques used in the recipes including how to stuff your own sausages and render lard. Again, these are kitchen techniques that have been lost to all but most contemporary cooks, but they are not hard. And with the Paleo Parents as your guide, you are sure to succeed. 

Next, the recipes. When I first got my copy of Beyond Bacon I remember being completely blown away. The recipes in this book are incredible, gourmet and creative, yet accessible to even the newest cook. (Did you say, "Salted Caramel Bacon Sauce?! Yes. PLEASE.)

Suffice it to say, with this book in my hands I am beyond excited about buying a "pig share" because there are so many more recipes I want to try out! No more leaving the freezer full (sans bacon and sausage, of course...). I will confidently use each and every bit of pig we get.


Learn more about Beyond Bacon here!

Feeling lucky? Enter the GIVEAWAY for your own copy of this awesome book below. A big thank you to Paleo Parents for providing a book to one lucky reader. (Note: available to U.S residents only.)


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Have kiddos with gluten sensitivities? Or simply looking for health food and snack options? Be sure and check out Paleo Parents other book, Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids




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21 comments:

  1. I love pork but seldom cook it. Were it not for pigs, my ancestors in Sweden never would have survived!

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  2. I love bacon. The rest of the pig, I'm a little on the fence about. A paleo cookbook to encourage use of all of it? Count me in!

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  3. What a great book. I am going to check it out and become more adventurous.

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  4. I would love to win this awesome prize because my pork expertise is definitely limited to bacon, sausage, and pork loin.!

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  5. I love the Paleo Parents and would love to try out the recipes in this book.

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  6. I love Bacon! This Thanksgiving I even baked an Apple, Bourbon, BACON pie....it, needless to say was delicious! :)

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  7. oink oink. i have a half a pig in our freezer, I need to know other ways to cook it! help! oink oink

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  8. I love Eat Like a Dinosaur book that I purchased by the Paleo Parents and would love to win this book at I am a fan of all things bacon :)

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  9. I've wanted this book for a long time. I would love to win it!

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  10. I'm really interested in learning about the traditional ways of cooking and utilizing all parts of the animal. I would love a cookbook that has these recipes and we love pork in this house!

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  11. We are mainly paleo, i guess you can say primal and we love the paleo parents. I would love to own their book. :) Thank you for the chance. :D

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  12. Amy that sounds delicious I want to make that pie! And I also would love to broaden my horizons and make a wider array of pork dishes!

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  13. I Absolutely LOVE Bacon. I love meat that is grass-fed, hormone and nitrate free, pasture raised etc... I am always looking for new recipes, ideas and techniques to try. Admittedly, my pig-parts cooking repertoire is very small, and I would love to gain more knowledge and skill in this area. This book seems like it would be an excellent resource! :)

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  14. I Absolutely LOVE Bacon. I love meat that is grass-fed, hormone and nitrate free, pasture raised etc... I am always looking for new recipes, ideas and techniques to try. Admittedly, my pig-parts cooking repertoire is very small, and I would love to gain more knowledge and skill in this area. This book seems like it would be an excellent resource! :)

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  15. I love bacon! It has been a very long time since I've eaten it.

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  16. I would love to win this book because I would like to know more about eating the whole pig. I love bacon but it has been so long since I've eaten it.

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  17. I'm always looking for great cookbooks that encourage cooking from scratch.

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  18. We have just started eating Paleo and we are trying to get the Grandkids to try the dishes, I am hoping for some inspiration!

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  19. I have harvested several hogs on my own starting with a live pig and ending with packaged meat in the freezer. I try to use every pit of the animal I know how to. I would love to get a book that teaches me to use more. I hate not using parts of an animal I feel it is very disrespectful to life I am taking.

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  20. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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