A Girl and Her Pig by April Bloomfield

A Girl and Her Pig

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 ea...

Details A Girl and Her Pig

TitleA Girl and Her Pig
Release DateApr 10th, 2012
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction

Reviews A Girl and Her Pig

  • Darren
    Straight away this book has seemed to spark controversy in some quarters. The front cover features a woman with a dead pig over her shoulders, not quite how a fox fur would be worn, yet there is nothing controversial, campaigning about the picture.It is almost a serene, respectful scene. Nothing more, nothing less. The author, a renowned chef who was born in England but escaped to the United States, clearly likes her pigs - one of her restaurants...
  • Catherine
    Four stars for the stories, two stars for the recipes - just because so few of them appealed to me.She uses a lot of ingredients that would be difficult for me to find locally, so it's helpful that she provides sources at the end of the book.
  • Dean
    I liked this book, but I did not love it.There are a lot of great recipes in this book, and I would purchase it. (And Probably will.)However, it's not as good as it should be.I liked some of the narratives of the author, and in the end, it was nice, but some of it seemed uneven or incomplete. Some of the narratives were also uninteresting, so I wondered why they were added.Many of the recipes are solid, but many also leave me cold. I think that t...
  • Emily
    The stories were charming and the recipes (for the most part) simple and easily tweeked.
  • Kimberly Ann
    I'm really just not into Anchovy Anything (especially Not on Lamb...BAH) or Deep Fried Pigs Ear Salad..... but if you can get past that, some of the recipes sound absolutely delightful: carrot, avocado, & orange salad; Caesar salad; Lentil/chickpea salad w/ feta & tahini; Grilled rib eye w/ romesco; Skirt steak w/ watercress & chiles; Tongue sandwiches; Tomatoes stewed w/ white wine & saffron; Swiss chard w/ olive oil; Beef & bayley hazen pie; or...
  • Monica
    The book is down to earth, straightforward and simply delicious - like her food. The recipes are approachable, and easy to follow, not intimidating in the slightest. She is generous and encouraging with her instructions, and hands on in every possible sense. The stories that she shares reveal her love for the tactile and sensory pleasures of cooking and her respect for ingredients, as well as her gratitude and affection for the people who showed ...
  • Laura
    Gorgeous pics, adorable illustrations and an incredibly likeable chef. . . what more could you ask for? However, it really made me want to go to one of her restaurants - I'm not that likely to cook Fried Pig's Ear with Salad at home (or faggots, or most of the edibles in here). Even if I had the time, I'd be eating alone! However, her instructions are clear and her voice is great. Don't miss the chapters on sweets and libations - I did get to tas...
  • Kendra
    Though at first it thought it a bit foolish to rate the literary merits of a cookbook, I would say that "A Girl and Her Pig" is significantly better than some of the non-fiction I've recently read. Bloomfield's narration provides context to her recipes, allowing the reader to fully envision the experience of preparing one of her dishes. She clearly has a great respect for food (specifically ingredients); her recipes make preparing offal seem appr...
  • Cheska
    Came across the book from one of the Amateur Gourmet's blog posts extolling her adobo and curry recipes. While I have my family's adobo recipe, I love researching other adobo recipes and trying them out. I like that she uses chunks of unpeeled ginger and smashed garlic cloves. It's rustic, nonfussy, and simple. I like the curry recipe too, but its spice list does seem daunting. This is where "mise en place" comes in! Other than these two recipes,...
  • Beverly
    Looks good, but I have yet to actually cook anything. Will wait to rate until I have. I can say my friend made a ginger cake that everyone loved (from this book).Just shared 9 dishes from "A Girl and Her Pig" by April Bloomfield with friends. Gotta say they were all really yummy. You need to use your own good sense a little with her recipes, but they are basically really good flavor combinations.
  • Folashade
    Most of the negative reviews are based on the cover. If you have ever had the good fortune to eat at an April Bloomfield restaurant you will love the recipes in this cookbook. The Fried Pig Ear Salad, no wonder it tastes so good its slowly cooked in duck fat, cooled then deep fried. I eat meat so seeing a dead pig so what. Its going to wind up on my plate in all its lovely glory and this cookbook has some great recipes in it. From the poppy seed ...
  • Jennifer
    I really appreciate a technical, specific cookbook. Do I simplify when I use these recipes? yes, almost always. But first, I make better substitutions (grad student budget) when I know exactly what purpose an ingredient is serving. Second, when things go wrong, good source material is invaluable for diagnosis and making correcting notes for the future. My approach to cooking is that of a lifelong student, and this is an excellent text.
  • Debbie
    Even if you might not appreciate the recipes in this book, which I mostly do. This book is so well written, the directions so clear and Bloomfield's storytelling so interesting you can't help but love it. The photos and illustrations make it even more special.I'm going to learn a lot from cooking my way through this book. Thank you April Bloomfield!
  • Crystal
    I got this from the library and it was a fun browse-through. I only found one recipe I wanted, and it was a cocktail. I loved my meal at the Breslin, but I suppose I'd rather Ms. Bloomfield cook it for me. :)
  • Megan
    Gorgeous book. I love the abundance of pictures. I find the mix of easy and complicated recipes well-balanced. Only one of the recipes screamed at me: Cabbage and Bacon. It sounds so unassuming, but to me the melange of sweetly softened cabbage against the rich chew of bacon seems fantastic.
  • Erik Waiss
    Very interesting, rustic, and shall we say hearty recipes, many of which include some bit of offal. However, it is unlikely that I will be allowed to roast a whole lambs head in the oven. Mores the pity...
  • Randall
    Some items I'd like to make. Many just a bit too fussy for the time and energy I have. Definitely loves her sardines, pequin chilies, and Maldon salt.
  • Maureen Flatley
    Fabulous and highly readable from Mario Batali's protege and owner of the Spotted Pig in NYC. Loved.
  • Felicia
    This is a great book. It has funny stories and great recipes. I loved it.
  • Maggi
    Great book. Believe it or not some of her salads are great. I love the girl, and her pig. And her inventive, spicy and strong drinks.
  • Lauren orso
    this is an extremely nice cookbook, from which i would make all the recipes if i wasn't a.) broke, b.) a lazy, and c.) a broke and lazy slob. but you totally should!?#@#*!
  • Jane
    I thought this book would be more autobiographical but it is more of a recipe book. I'm a bit disappointed because I prefer to know more about her and her pig. :)
  • Ari Hershberg
    Thank you April for being alive. The best cookbook I have read in quite awhile.
  • Sara
    the meat recipes are awesome but the veggies leave a bit to be desired....
  • SA
    Absolutely charming. I particularly loved the illustrations.
  • Lindsay
    Some great recipes and stories in here. Must get to cooking!
  • Alison James
    There weren't many recipes I was drawn to make. The summer tomato soup was good (I like that it isn't cream based), but it was too salty. Other recipes I tried were fine, but nothing special.
  • Letta Raven
    Some good looking recipes in here,excited to try them out. Will update then.
  • Andrea Martin
    I really enjoyed this cookbook. I liked her background on her recipes. Most of it I will never cook, simply because the ingredients aren't readily available here in Bugtussle, TN.
  • Foxthyme
    Amazing amazing chef. This woman adores food. Good food. Food that feeds your soul, comforts your heart.