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HAM: An Obsession with the Hindquarter

by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

In this witty ode to pork’s most-beloved primal cut, Scarbrough and Weinstein obsess upon ham of every ilk. From rarefied dry-cured imports like Culatello di Zibello and Jamón Ibérico to down-home country hams and popular wet-cured varieties like Honey Baked, the authors delight in it all. Start cooking the book with their recipe for Roasted Fresh Ham with a Maple-Spice Glaze. If you’ve had only cured hams, this luscious roast is a revelation. After that, let your appetite guide you where it will: perhaps toward Asia for vinegary Filipino Twice-Cooked Pork, or to Kentucky for Fried Country Ham Steaks with Red-Eye Gravy.

Weinstein and Scarborough take readers on a globetrotting tour of the whole wide wonderful world of ham, from the Philippines to Spain, the Caribbean, the American South, and their own home corner of rural Connecticut (where they buy and help raise a hog of their own). Gifted raconteurs and talented cooks, the pair ham it up with a series of hilarious stories and pig out on a hundred mouth-watering recipes. Don’t miss this feast.

About the Author: Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the authors of the bestselling Ultimate cookbook series, fronted by The Ultimate Ice Cream Book. They have two titles out this year: Pizza: Grill It, Bake It, Love It and Cooking Know-How. They are contributing editors, columnists, or features writers in national publications, including Eating Well, Cooking Light, and the Washington Post. They live in Colebrook, Connecticut.

HAM: An Obsession with the Hindquarter cookbook