Serious Pig

An American Cook in Search of His Roots

John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne

North Point Press

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In this collection of essays, John Thorne sets our to explore the origins of his identity as a cook, going “here” (the Maine coast, where he’d summered as a child and returned as an adult for a decade’s sojourn), “there” (southern Louisiana, where he was captivated by Creole and Cajun cooking), and “everywhere” (where he provides a sympathetic reading of such national culinary icons as the hamburger, white bread, and American cheese, and sits down to a big bowl of Texas red). These intelligent, searching essays are a passionate meditation on food, character, and place.

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Praise for Serious Pig

“[Thorne's] richest book yet; one in which simple disparate thoughts begin to coalesce into a genuine philosophy of food.”—Ruth Reichl, Saveur

“Here’s a rare treat, a book in which the recipes are only a means to an end or stepping stones in cultural detective stories . . . [Thorne's] folkloric approach to food nourishes the brain as well as the body.”—William Rice, Chicago Tribune

“The Thornes love their subject, but critically, knowledgeably and with a sense of humor that makes the narrative flow as if velvetized by mayo.”—Sheila Himmel, The Washington Post Book World

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John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne

John Thorne and Matt Lewis Thorne live in Northampton, MA. They have published the food letter Simple Cooking for 20 years.

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Serious Pig
An American Cook in Search of His Roots
John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
November 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865475977
ISBN10: 0865475970
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 528 pages, Includes Recipes, Mail Order Sources, and an Index
$19.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
November 2000
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466805989
ISBN10: 1466805986
528 pages, Includes Recipes, Mail Order Sources, and an Index
$9.99
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